Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging / Edition 1

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In this multidisciplinary text, noted leaders from a variety of fields provide students and professionals with a big picture approach to the best possible care for today’s growing aging population. Addressing the extensive concerns that have arisen out of an increased life expectancy and the “elder-boom” of aging baby boomers, the contributors point to changing care and housing needs; health, mental health, and wellness concerns; and financial, ethical, and legal issues in elder care.

Contributors include Eileen Chichin, Catherine DeLorey, Marshall Kapp, Gary Kennedy, William Smith, Patricia Miller, and Thomas Campbell Jackson.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book presents contemporary knowledge about caring for older persons in the United States.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a view of the aging population of the United States for trainees in a broad variety of disciplines. This book succeeds well at doing so.
Audience: The audience for this book are practitioners and students in a wide variety of health and health-related professions. The authors are all experts in their fields.
Features: The topics of the chapters are inspired. They are written so that a background in the particular discipline is not necessary to understand the chapter — thus students from a broad variety of backgrounds can pick up this book and understand it without difficulty. Particularly well-conceived is the chapter on environmental design.
Assessment: This book makes for a nice overview of contemporary gerontology that could be used as a textbook in gerontology. Students of design and architecture could get a useful crash course on gerontology through this book in particular. Were I to suggest additions to this book, they would be chapters on podiatry (complementing the chapter on oral health), changes in vision and hearing (complementing mental changes in old age), and rehabilitation (complementing the chapter on health promotion). The integration of ideas in the chapter on environmental design is quite splendid.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826125750
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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Table of Contents

Part I: Changing Relationships, Changing Care Needs
• Aging in America: Challenges and Opportunities, L.M. Tepper
• Family Relationships and Support Networks, L.M. Tepper
• The Nursing Home and the Continuum of Care, W.T. Smith
• Environmental Design in Evoking the Capacities of Older People, L.G. Hiatt
• Home Health Care, C. DeLorey
Part II: Health and Wellness in Later Life
• Medical Care of the Elderly, R.H. Rubin
• Health Promotion in Later Life, C. Kopes-Kerr
• Considerations for Oral Health in the Elderly, B.M. Horrell
• Major Mental Disorders of Old Age, G.J. Kennedy
• Counseling Older People and Their Families, L.M. Tepper
• End-of-Life Issues from a Social Service Perspective, S.S. Robinson and L.M. Tepper
Part III: Financial, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Elder Care
• Financing Health Care, T.C. Jackson
• Issues in Elder Law, M.B. Kapp
• Ethics and the Elderly, E.R. Chichin
• Identifying and Preventing Elder Abuse, T.M. Cassidy
• Interdisciplinary Teamwork: The Key to Quality Care for Older Adults, P.A. Miller
Appendix 1: Sample Bereavement Support Letter to Families of Deceased Hospice Clients
Appendix 2: Bereavement Assessment Form

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