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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Ann Siem, MSN (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This book on the holistic nursing of the older adult covers wellness and the positive aspects of aging as well as the negative effects.
Purpose: This is intended to provide a foundation for providing wellness-oriented nursing care for older adults. This is a timely publication as our society is bombarded by information on the importance of staying healthy and well as we age. The book does an excellent job of going through the many aspects of aging from wellness and nursing considerations to psychosocial function and physical function.
Audience: It is written for nursing students, but it could be used by those who have completed their initial schooling in the area of nursing of the older adult.
Features: The book starts with learning objectives, and then adds key terms and illustrations. Icons in each chapter help students focus on risk factors, functional consequences, nursing assessment, and interventions, among others. The chapters end with further resources.
Assessment: This is an excellent manual for nursing students caring for the elderly. It provides the foundation for learning the normal aging process and ways to promote positive life style changes.