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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored monograph focuses on aging themes in three different countries — the U.S., Australia, and Israel.
Purpose: Its purpose is to put forth themes of global aging using these three countries as examples. This is the future, and the authors provide an interesting grouping of themes.
Audience: The audience will be mostly gerontologists, policymakers, and planners. The authors are all experts in the field.
Features: Three themes stand out. The first is emphasizing the family as the unit of treatment and how those change from place to place. The second theme is immigration — how older persons adapt to being immigrants and how they draw upon both the old home and the new. The third theme is the importance of the physical environment in supporting an aging population, which applies to domicile, facilities for caring for older persons, and transportation networks.
Assessment: This book links two important themes: globalization and aging. I would like to add that this book looks at cultural competence in terms of understanding older persons —themselves, their countries of origin, and the world around them, both the physical and the persons in that space. Yet it is also we who have the same domains and qualities. This is a stimulating book, the first in a series.