Physical Change And Aging: A Guide For The Helping Professions, 4th Edition / Edition 4

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The physical changes and the common pathologies associated with aging are discussed, along with the psychological and social implications of such changes. The guide is for nurses, gerontologists, social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists and others in the helping professions.

Originally published by The Tiresias Press, Inc.

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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: 9780826116550
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/2002
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.01 (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.

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Table of Contents

• Perspectives on Aging
• Theories of Aging
• The Skin, Hair, and Nails
• The Musculoskeletal System
• The Nervous System
• Dementia and Delirium
• The Sensory System
• The Cardiovascular System
• The Respiratory System
• The Gastrointestinal System
• The Urinary System
• The Reproductive System
• The Endocrine System
• The Immune System
• Special Topics (Alcoholism, Falls, Foot Care, Pain)
• Health Promotion and Exercise
• Nutrition
• Medication and the Elderly
• Teaching Older Adults
• Death and Grief in Later Years
Appendix A: Practical Hints for the Safety of the Aging
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: Commonly Medical Abbreviations
Recommended Additional Readings

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