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. 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 number: 6
  • Pages: 488

Meet the Author

Sue V. Saxon, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Gerontology (2002), University of South Florida, Tampa. She is author of Pain Management Strategies for the Elderly, co-author of Psychosocial Rehabilitative Programs for Older Adults, and has written chapters for Essentials of Gerontological Nursing. Her articles have appeared in several journals including The Gerontologist, Journal of Women and Aging, Experimental Neurology, and Journal of Genetic Psychology. Dr. Saxon was designated a Gerontological Pioneer for outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of Gerontology by the Southern Gerontological Society, 2005.

Mary Jean Etten, EdD, FT, ARNP, is Adjunct Professor in Thanatology, School of Aging Studies, and Faculty, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies, University of South Florida. Dr. Etten is a pioneer in the development of course study and Model Program Development in Hospice Care, Loss and Grief Counseling, and Exercise for Older Adults, among other topics concerning the older adult, death and dying, and living. She is co-author with Dr. Saxon of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs for Older Adults. She has been distinguished with several recent awards, including Outstanding Teaching Award in the Fields of Gerontology and Thanatology, University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies (2004), AGHE Recognition Honor (2003), and Florida Nurse Educator of the Year (2002). The Dr. Mary Jean Etten Center for Caring Building, Suncoast Hospice, Clearwater, Florida was dedicated in 2012.

Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNMH, FAAIDD,
is Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental
Disabilities, at the University of South Florida (USF). She has a PhD in Aging Studies from the School of Aging Studies at USF. Dr. Perkins is also an RNMH
(a registered nurse in the field of developmental disabilities) who trained at the Hereford and Worcestershire College of Nursing and Midwifery, England.
She has published numerous journal articles and was recently the guest editor of the Special Issue on Aging and End-of-Life for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Perkins is a Fellow and current member of the Board of Directors of the
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and has previously served as the Gerontology Division President for AAIDD, and
Co-convener of the Special Interest Group on Lifelong Disabilities for the Gerontological Society of America.

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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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