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 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.

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Perspectives on Aging
  3. Theories of Aging
  4. The Skin, Hair, and Nails
  5. The Musculoskeletal System
  6. The Nervous System
  7. Dementia and Delirium
  8. The Sensory System
  9. The Cardiovascular System
  10. The Respiratory System
  11. The Gastrointestinal System
  12. The Urinary System
  13. The Reproductive System
  14. The Endocrine System
  15. The Immune System
  16. Special Topics (Alcoholism, Falls, Foot Care, Pain)
  17. Health Promotion and Exercise
  18. Nutrition
  19. Medication and the Elderly
  20. Teaching Older Adults
  21. Death and Grief in Later Years

  22. 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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