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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is an overview of organ systems and major clinical issues is providing care to older adults.
Purpose: This book was written to fill the gap between how nurses are prepared and for whom the majority of nurses provide care: the elderly. Admittedly, most nurses are ill-prepared to care for older adults, thus, this text was written to provide a comprehensive, practical, hands-on guide to enable nurses in all settings who are caring for an ever-growing population of older adults to deal with the complex problems and highly specialized needs of this patient population — a highly commendable goal.
Audience: The authors indicate the audience of this book to be "nurses in all settings who are caring for an ever-growing population of older adults."
Features: Unique features include "Clinic Alerts" that are helpful hints or additional insights of the topics, and "Cultural Tips" that address various cultural differences or implications of the topics being discussed.
Assessment: This book does not meet its purpose or expectations, and, therefore, cannot be recommended. It is written at a very basic level, and in attempting to be comprehensive is superficial: no topic is discussed in great detail; nursing interventions are generic with no specifics provided. For example, one admonition is to "tailor your teaching," yet no practical advice or examples are provided as to what this means relative to teaching an older adult, e.g., slowing the pacing of delivery of information, relating new information to previously learned information, or using multiple methods of teaching. Further, many of the clinical alerts are not specific to the elderly, e.g., the need for medical clearance prior to implementing a new exercise regimen.