Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions, Fifth Edition / Edition 5

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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 book serves as an authoritative textbook and guide to the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process, with special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. This fifth edition presents the newly available research findings that differentiate normal aging from actual pathology.

The authors provide a thoroughly updated and expanded review of important topics in aging, including death and grieving, complementary and alternative therapies, nutrition, exercise, and much more. The book also demonstrates how the elderly population can gain greater personal control over aging through lifestyle modifications and preventive health strategies.

Key topics introduced and discussed:

  • Psychosocial theories of aging
  • Changes and disorders in the skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems
  • Dementia, delirium, and mild cognitive impairment
  • Aging in persons with lifelong disabilities

This volume serves as a comprehensive textbook for students studying to become health care professionals, and is also a fundamental resource for gerontologists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, clergy, and counselors. "

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book discusses the changes of aging in the body, illnesses accompanying age, and how to manage and prevent these conditions. This is an update of the fourth edition, published in 2002.
Purpose: It is intended to explain aging and the diseases that accompany aging and what to do about them. The authors meet these objectives handsomely.
Audience: The audience includes a variety of helping professionals — gerontologists, nurses, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, clergy, and counselors. An educated lay audience also can easily use this book. The authors are all experts in their fields.
Features: Introductory chapters on demography and theories of aging are followed by 12 chapters on aging and disease by organ system. Subsequent chapters cover health promotion and exercise, nutrition, complementary medicine, and medications. There are especially good chapters on aging with disabilities and teaching older adults, usually not founds in works like this. Concluding chapters discuss caregiving and end-of-life care. Two appendixes end the book: one on practical hints for improving safety of older adults and one on useful resources, followed by an excellent glossary and a most useful index.
Assessment: This is an excellent book from start to finish. It has been honed through four previous editions into an elegant compendium. Perhaps no other source can describe in the same breath normal skin changes with age, diseases of the skin, and the psychosocial meaning of the skin. This book is not so technical that it requires a medical degree to understand it, yet it is not afraid to describe in most useful terms a number of common diseases facing older persons. Rehabilitation and prevention are emphasized throughout. The appendixes, glossary, and index add to its value. This outstanding work should be widely read — it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology.
From The Critics
Reviewer:David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description:This multiauthored book discusses the changes of aging in the body, illnesses accompanying age, and how to manage and prevent these conditions. This is an update of the fourth edition, published in 2002.
Purpose:It is intended to explain aging and the diseases that accompany aging and what to do about them. The authors meet these objectives handsomely.
Audience:The audience includes a variety of helping professionals -- gerontologists, nurses, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, clergy, and counselors. An educated lay audience also can easily use this book. The authors are all experts in their fields.
Features:Introductory chapters on demography and theories of aging are followed by 12 chapters on aging and disease by organ system. Subsequent chapters cover health promotion and exercise, nutrition, complementary medicine, and medications. There are especially good chapters on aging with disabilities and teaching older adults, usually not founds in works like this. Concluding chapters discuss caregiving and end-of-life care. Two appendixes end the book: one on practical hints for improving safety of older adults and one on useful resources, followed by an excellent glossary and a most useful index.
Assessment:This is an excellent book from start to finish. It has been honed through four previous editions into an elegant compendium. Perhaps no other source can describe in the same breath normal skin changes with age, diseases of the skin, and the psychosocial meaning of the skin. This book is not so technical that it requires a medical degree to understand it, yet it is not afraid to describe in most useful terms a number of common diseases facing older persons. Rehabilitation and prevention are emphasized throughout. The appendixes, glossary, and index add to its value. This outstanding work should be widely read -- it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826104410
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/9/2009
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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

CONTENTS

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 Special Topics

Alcoholism

Falls

Foot Care

Pain

17 Health Promotion and Exercise

18 Complementary and Alternative Therapies

19 Nutrition

20 Medications and the Elderly

21 Teaching Older Adults

22 Caregiving

23 Death and Grief in the Later Years

Appendix A Practical Hints for the Safety of Older Adults

Appendix B Resources

Additional Resources : Aging in the Various Organ Systems of the Body

Glossary

Index

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