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From The CriticsReviewer: David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is an update of a 2007 book on health promotion for older persons.
Purpose: Its purpose is to examine how health can be promoted in an aging population. This is a worthy objective and the author succeeds admirably. Some of the author's own programs have been recognized by the National Council on Aging's Best Practices in Health Promotion and Aging.
Audience: The broad audience for this book includes academics, healthcare providers, social service agencies, and governmental bodies charged with helping older persons.
Features: The 12 chapters include an introduction and cover communication for health educators, clinical preventive services, health behavior change, exercise, nutrition, weight management, complementary and alternative medicine, health education topics, social support, mental health, community health, diversity, public health, and future prospects. Each chapter has learning objectives, key terms, summary tables, and questions for discussion.
Assessment: This is a great book. It seamlessly blends information from different fields of study (medicine, nursing, social work, health education, sociology, exercise physiology, nutrition, and others) into a carefully organized whole that is stimulating and useful. The author is not afraid of pointing out the bumps in the road, although he does so with a deft, light touch. It is easy to understand why this book has received many accolades. This updated edition incorporates new ideas and topics into the solid structure of previous editions. This excellent book deserves a wide readership and should be in every health and medical library.