Physical Change and Aging, Sixth Edition: A Guide for the Helping Professions

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"[This book] has been honed into an elegant compendium. This outstanding work should be widely read -- it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology." Score: 94, 4 stars --Doody's

This sixth edition of a classic multidisciplinary text for students of gerontology continues to offer practical, reader-friendly information about the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process. It places special emphasis on the psychological ...

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Overview

"[This book] has been honed into an elegant compendium. This outstanding work should be widely read -- it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology." Score: 94, 4 stars --Doody's

This sixth edition of a classic multidisciplinary text for students of gerontology continues to offer practical, reader-friendly information about the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process. It places special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. The book is distinguished by its thorough focus on anatomy and physiology and common health problems pertaining to each body system.

This latest edition has been thoroughly updated to present new research findings that differentiate "normal" aging from actual pathology. It provides new data and guidelines on risk factors, nutrition, preventive measures, interventions, and commonly prescribed medications, and includes expanded treatment of complementary and alternative therapies. The book emphasizes the positive aspects of aging and demonstrates how the elderly population can gain greater personal control, through lifestyle changes and preventative health strategies, toward the goal of optimal aging. The book also includes an updated discussion of grief, ethical issues, and funeral options. Written for students of gerontology, social work, human services, nursing. occupational and physical therapy, counseling, and elder law, it presents information that is clearly understandable for those without an extensive background in biology or medicine. The book reinforces information with practical applications of aging data.

Physical Change and Aging, Sixth Edition comes with instructor materials, including PowerPoint presentations and test banks for each chapter. An eBook format for Physical Change and Aging is also available.

This sixth edition includes new information on:

  • Genetic/DNA theories
  • Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Immunotherapy
  • Lifelong health disparities
  • Pet-assisted therapy
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Gerogogy (self-directed learning)
  • health as public health issue
  • Natural funerals (biodegradable caskets, burial urns, dying at home)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826198648
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 585,524
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue V. Saxon, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology and Counseling from Florida State University and had additional graduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Physiological Psychology. She was a Research Psychologist for the National Institutes of Health and the Laboratory of Perinatal Physiology, University of Puerto Rico Medical School before joining the faculty in Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Florida. As a charter faculty member in the Aging Studies program she developed and taught numerous courses in aging as well as presenting workshops, in-service training, and authoring a number of books and chapters in books on aging. She has been designated a Gerontological Pioneer for outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of Gerontology by the Southern Gerontological Society.

Mary Jean Etten Ed.D has been a Tenured Full Professor in the College of Nursing at St. Petersburg College where she taught nursing, gerontology, thanatology, and developed innovative curriculum teaching hospice care and gerontological nursing. She is currently an adjunct lecturer in Thanatology in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Etten attained a Doctoral degree in Education at Nova Southeastern University, an M.A. in Gerontology, M.A. in Counseling and an M.S. in Nursing from the University of South Florida and is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She is a Fellow in Thanatology and is Board Certified as a Music Practitioner. She has authored several books and manuals as well as journal articles and lectures throughout the United States. Dr. Etten helped found Suncoast Hospice 33 years ago, and is active on several boards and committees in leadership roles in Hospice and with the Institute for Healing through Sound and Music. She was named Florida Nurse Educator of the Year in 2002, and also received the National Association of Gerontology in Higher Education Part-time Faculty Recognition award. In 2004 she received the Sue V. Saxon Outstanding Teaching Award, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, for her outstanding teaching in Thanatology.

Elizabeth Perkins Ph.D(c), RNMH, is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida, where she also completed a BA in Psychology. In addition, Ms. Perkins is an RNMH from the Hereford and Worcester College of Nursing and Midwifery, England - a registered nurse who is trained specifically to care for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Her clinical nursing and managerial experience includes both the general aging population, and persons with IDD in nursing home and residential long-term care settings. She teaches Physical Change and Aging at the University of South Florida, where she has twice received awards for her outstanding teaching.

Ms. Perkins' national leadership activities include being the current President of the Gerontology Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is also the present Co-convener of the Formal Interest Group on Developmental Disabilities for the Gerontological Society of America. Her research is focused on quality of life issues for aging adults with IDD and their caregivers. In 2006 she was awarded the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship, cosponsored by Johnson & Johnson and the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, in recognition of her work in this area.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : TBD

Endorsement: Rosalyn Carter
Preface

1 Perspectives on Aging

2 Theories of Aging

3 The Skin, Hair, and Nails

4 The Musculoskeletal System

5 The Nervous System

6 Dementia and Delirium

7 The Sensory System

8 The Cardiovascular System

9 The Respiratory System

10 The Gastrointestinal System

11 The Urinary System

12 The Reproductive System

13 The Endocrine System

14 The Immune System

15 Aging with Lifelong Disabilities

16 Health Promotion and Leisure

17 Complementary and Alternative Therapies

18 Nutrition

19 Medications and the Elderly

20 Teaching Older Adults

21 Caregiving

22 Death and Grief in the Later Years

Appendix A Practical Hints for the Safety of Older Adults

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