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Overview

Any student who plans to care for elderly clients should keep this text within easy reach! Now in its third edition, this comprehensive text examines all aspects of physiological and psychosocial functioning specific to older adults. Completely revised and updated, the text reviews the causes of dysfunction, emphasizes wellness, and effectively explains nursing interventions that improve a client's level of functioning. The author's practical Functional Consequences Theory enables nurses to target gerontological care to improve quality of life. Coverage includes a helpful introduction, and the latest on psychosocial functioning, physiologic functioning, and comfort and pleasure. Each chapter features strong pedagogy, including case studies, nursing care plans, chapter summaries, and critical thinking questions. New in this edition: Critical Thinking Exercises; Cultural Boxes; Alternative Therapies Displays; Second Color.

A Brandon-Hill Recommended Title.

The book contains both black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is a third edition text on nursing care of older adults.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to "provide nurses with the knowledge base needed to help older adults function at their highest level, despite the presence of age-related changes and risk factors. Using this test, nurses and nursing students can assist older adults in meeting the many challenges of older adulthood in a positive and creative way."
Audience: The targeted audience is students and nurses "who desire to enhance their knowledge about the unique responses of older adults to actual or potential health problems."
Features: Each of the 22 chapters, organized into five sections, is structured similarly: learning objectives, chapter summary, critical thinking exercises, case examples, nursing care plan, references, and resources for educational materials (Internet locations when available). New to this edition is attention to "cultural considerations of aging and older adults."
Assessment: Although written at an appropriate level for the target audience, the information presented in this text is inadequately detailed to enable such nurses to change their practice to better meet the health needs of the elderly. One example: "Simon and colleagues have presented a model used effectively to detect, assess, and treat patients with delirium." No other information about that model is provided. Delirium also serves as an example for another problem, making this book a major disappointment that includes outdated information. The author refers to delirium as "an alteration in sleep-wake cycle," a notion that disappeared from the literature at least by 1994. More importantly, a rather substantial body of nursing research about acute confusion/delirium is absent. Important nursing literature on other healthcare problems for the elderly is also missing. As a result of these flaws, this book fails to meet its objective.
Marquis D. Foreman
This is a third edition text on nursing care of older adults. According to the author, the purpose is to ""provide nurses with the knowledge base needed to help older adults function at their highest level, despite the presence of age-related changes and risk factors. Using this test, nurses and nursing students can assist older adults in meeting the many challenges of older adulthood in a positive and creative way."" The targeted audience is students and nurses ""who desire to enhance their knowledge about the unique responses of older adults to actual or potential health problems."" Each of the 22 chapters, organized into five sections, is structured similarly: learning objectives, chapter summary, critical thinking exercises, case examples, nursing care plan, references, and resources for educational materials (Internet locations when available). New to this edition is attention to ""cultural considerations of aging and older adults."" Although written at an appropriate level for the target audience, the information presented in this text is inadequately detailed to enable such nurses to change their practice to better meet the health needs of the elderly. One example: ""Simon and colleagues have presented a model used effectively to detect, assess, and treat patients with delirium."" No other information about that model is provided. Delirium also serves as an example for another problem, making this book a major disappointment that includes outdated information. The author refers to delirium as ""an alteration in sleep-wake cycle,"" a notion that disappeared from the literature at least by 1994. More importantly, a rather substantial body of nursing research about acuteconfusion/delirium is absent. Important nursing literature on other healthcare problems for the elderly is also missing. As a result of these flaws, this book fails to meet its objective.
Booknews
Covers all aspects of physical and psychosocial function that distinguish gerontological nursing from other types of nursing, with sections on the phenomenon of aging, changes and consequences related to psychosocial and physiologic function and comfort, and multidimensional aspects of care. Learning aids include outlines, objectives, summary tables, and guidelines for assessment and various procedures, plus case examples and sample nursing care plans. This third edition offers boxes on cultural factors and alternative health care practices, a two-color design, critical thinking exercises, and a revised focus emphasizing the primary care provider. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781716239
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 752

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction to Nursing Care of Older Adults 1
1 Perspectives on Older Adults and Gerontological Nursing 3
2 The Phenomenon of Aging 34
Pt. II Changes, Consequences, and Care Related to Psychosocial Function 67
3 Psychosocial Function 69
4 Cognitive Function 103
5 Psychosocial Assessment 123
Pt. III Changes, Consequences, and Care Related to Physiologic Function 177
6 Hearing 179
7 Vision 202
8 Digestion and Nutrition 229
9 Urinary Elimination 260
10 Cardiovascular Function 294
11 Respiratory Function 324
12 Mobility and Safety 345
Pt. IV Changes, Consequences, and Care Related to Comfort and Pleasure 375
13 Skin and Its Appendages 377
14 Sleep and Rest 398
15 Thermoregulation 420
16 Sexual Function 440
Pt. V Multidimensional Aspects of Care 477
17 Overall Functional Assessment 479
18 Medications and the Older Adult 490
19 Impaired Cognitive Function: Dementia 531
20 Impaired Affective Function: Depression 581
21 Impaired Psychosocial Function: Elder Abuse and Neglect 612
22 Health Care for Older Adults 654
App Review of Physiologic Aspects of Function 679
Index 687
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