Lessons on Aging from Three Nations: The Art of Caring for Older Adults

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The global phenomenon of the aging of societies during a period of outstanding scientific, economic, and technological advancements is a blessing for humanity. These fundamental changes, however, create new needs and problems in all areas of life, often difficult to address. In some countries, the trend is toward compression of the period of age-related morbidity-fewer years of living with disabilities-but the absolute numbers of elderly people living with disabilities are increasing worldwide. This book ...
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The global phenomenon of the aging of societies during a period of outstanding scientific, economic, and technological advancements is a blessing for humanity. These fundamental changes, however, create new needs and problems in all areas of life, often difficult to address. In some countries, the trend is toward compression of the period of age-related morbidity-fewer years of living with disabilities-but the absolute numbers of elderly people living with disabilities are increasing worldwide. This book highlights a series of global threats, problems, and challenges in the areas of care and caregiving, through the prism of three multicultural nations: the United States, Israel, and Australia. The contributors to this book, experts in their fields, focus on the art of caregiving at the national level, including the interface between family and state responsibilities, policies and practices in the provision of services, and the demands for education and training, as well as the problems and difficulties faced by family caregivers. One section is devoted to the art of letting go and the agonizing conditions that can be related to end-of-life care, often faced by elderly patients, families, and their professional caregivers. By examining some of the most pressing challenges confronting all aging societies and drawing from the experiences of their own, diverse societies, the authors provide directions, suggestions, and promises for solutions for policymakers, advocacy groups, and the private sector-ways of improving the quality of care for recipients and easing the burden of caregivers.

This is the second of two edited volumes on aging and caregiving. The first, Lessons fromThree Nations-Volume I: The Art of Aging Well, examines positive aspects of and successful adaptations to aging. This second volume focuses on challenges and concerns for families, policy makers, and governments in caregiving and end-of-life issues. In this way, we hope to provide clues and suggestions for future research, policies, and practices in the comparative study of global aging.
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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the second volume of a multiauthored book on themes of social gerontology in three countries — the U.S., Israel, and Australia.
Purpose: The purpose is to review current themes of social gerontology to demonstrate the global nature of aging.
Audience: The audience is mostly social gerontologists and policy makers. The authors are all experts in the field.
Features: The first of the book's three sections discusses the art of caring, with thoughtful essays on the balance between the family's role and society's role in caring for older persons, and the choices created by consumer-driven demand for services. The second section is on the art of family care with essays on cancer care, late-stage dementia care, and care of special populations. The third section on end-of-life care includes essays on cultural issues around end-of-life care, advance directives, and palliative care.
Assessment: This book continues the work of the first volume. The essays are well matched and evenly written by experts in the field. That there are common threads of needing to deal with minority populations in the nation and cultural issues with family caregiving and that these impact the approach to end-of-life care gives substance and truth to this book. It is well edited and a pleasure to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895033703
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Society and Aging Ser.
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Carmel, M.P.H., Ph.D., is a professor of medical sociology and gerontology, president of the Israeli Gerontological Society, and director of the Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging at Ben-Gurion University. She is the author of more than a hundred scientific publications and has served on national and international committees for academic and policy affairs. Her recent research focuses on end-of-life preferences and practices among the public, elderly persons, patients, and formal and informal caregivers. She has also studied doctor-patient relationships and communication, health and welfare services, and the effects of culture, immigration, and other psychosocial factors on the will to live, health, and well-being of elderly persons.

Carol A. Morse, B.Sc.Econ., M.Ed.Psych., Ph.D., MAPS, is a professor and foundation director of Health & Wellbeing Research, Monash University, Melbourne. She has served on local, national, and international academic policy committees and is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Department of Human Services,Victoria. She is a health psychologist with more than 25 years of research experience in lifespan adult development and aging and has published widely on issues of adults' life transitions throughout the reproductive years, family formation, care-giving, and trans-cultural positive aging.

Fernando M. Torres-Gil, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher in the areas of ethnicity, diversity, public policy, and gerontology. He is the author of more than eighty publications and four books, including The New Aging: Politics and Change in America (1992). Heis a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has served as president of the American Society on Aging. Dr. Torres-Gil was the first assistant secretary on aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1993) and has served in other high-level positions in the U.S. government.
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Table of Contents

Prologue
Acknowledgements

Section 1: The Art of Caregiving: Policies and Services
Introduction Carol A. Morse
The Interface between Family Responsibility and State Responsibility in Caring for the Elderly in Israel Esther Iecovich
Consumer-Directed Services at Home for Older People in the United States A. E. Benjamin
Residential Care: Informed Choices Cheryl Tilse, Jill Wilson and Deborah Setterlund
New Demands on Education and Training for the Care of Old People: The Case of Israel David Galinsky

Section 2: The Art of Family Care
Introduction JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez
In Care and On Call: The Endangered System of Australian Family-Based Caregiving Carol A. Morse and Rosalind Lau
The Challenges and Issues Confronting Family Caregivers to Elderly Cancer Patients Victoria H. Raveis
Letting Go and Holding On: Support for the Carer and Dementia Care in the Final Stage Suzanne Aberdeen

Section 3: The Art of Letting Go
Introduction Sara Carmel
Bioethics and End-of-Life Issues Gail Tulloch
End-of-Life Care in Israel Sara Carmel
The Dying Patient: Israeli Attitudes and Proposals Avraham Steinberg
Advance Directives Jiska Cohen-Mansfield
Resources, Autonomy and Lack of Focus on the Common Good: End-of-Life Decision Making for Older Patients in the United States Neil S. Wenger and James W. Davis
Palliative Care for the Aged Community: An Australian Perspective Linda J. Kristjanson, Jayne Walton and Christine Toye

Epilogue
Glossary
Index
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