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From The CriticsReviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This book is from the Springer Series on Life Style and Issues in Aging, and is a report of a study funded by a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Aging exploring the competencies needed to survive and continue community-living with only a modicum of strain.
Purpose: This was explored using objective and subjective experiences of daily life focusing on those capacities needed to manage both physical and social environments and to sustain a sense of wellbeing.
Audience: This is a very compelling story about the universal desire to survive intact into old age. As such, this book should have widespread interest for all individuals.
Features: The book is composed of three parts. Part I describes the study; in Part II the context of survivorship is discussed; and Part III presents the processes of adaptation for survival into old age.
Assessment: There are interesting discussions about special research considerations for studying the eldest elderly, and for the need to reconceptualize the aging process beyond the successful-unsuccessful dichotomy. Numerous case studies are presented to illustrate various ideas and conclusions. Most importantly, ideas for surviving intact into old age are presented.