Public Health and Aging: An Introduction to Maximizing Function and Well-Being / Edition 1

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Overview

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Public health and aging is a developing field, standing between clinical geriatrics and the demography and epidemiology of aging. It has heretofore lacked a unified treatment or single framework. this text provides such a framework and offers a first synthesis of a burgeoning literature in geriatrics, gerontology, occupational therapy, epidemiology, demography, neuropsychology, rehabilitation medicine, social work, and public policy.

Key concepts and tools that define the field of public health and aging such as cohort analysis, the lifetable, age-sex pyramids and risk stratification are presented. A synthesis of the most productive measures of healthy aging, also of "successful aging" and frailty; sample studies; and clinical trials that address the question of age, health, and healthy old age are also included.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book, written by a single author, delineates a new field in gerontology and geriatrics. It is a marriage of clinical geriatrics and epidemiology that looks at how we age, how we become disabled, demented, etc., and where we should focus efforts to maximize the quality of life in older persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to show how we should look at both populations of older persons and individuals as they age. These are most worthy objectives and the author accomplishes them brilliantly.
Audience: The audience is gerontologists, geriatricians, biologists studying aging and social planners — and trainees in these areas. It is indeed a broad audience.
Features: This book breaks new ground in showing a synthesis between our notions of aging, function, frailty, dementing illnesses, and care of older persons. It explains some of how what happens in the first 50 years of life affects the second 50. This book is both fresh thinking and a brilliant synthesis of known facts.
Assessment: This is one of the most cutting-edge books in gerontology today. Anyone interested in reforming Medicare should read this book in preparation for doing so. It is elegantly written, develops its thoughts in a logical and complete sequence and points towards the future like a beacon. Those interested in developing new paradigms of thinking about aging and caring for older persons will find much of use here. Every medical library should possess this brilliant and enticing book.
From The Critics
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD(University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book, written by a single author, delineates a new field in gerontology and geriatrics. It is a marriage of clinical geriatrics and epidemiology that looks at how we age, how we become disabled, demented, etc., and where we should focus efforts to maximize the quality of life in older persons.
Purpose: The purpose is to show how we should look at both populations of older persons and individuals as they age. These are most worthy objectives and the author accomplishes them brilliantly.
Audience: The audience is gerontologists, geriatricians, biologists studying aging and social planners — and trainees in these areas. It is indeed a broad audience.
Features: This book breaks new ground in showing a synthesis between our notions of aging, function, frailty, dementing illnesses, and care of older persons. It explains some of how what happens in the first 50 years of life affects the second 50. This book is both fresh thinking and a brilliant synthesis of known facts.
Assessment: This is one of the most cutting-edge books in gerontology today. Anyone interested in reforming Medicare should read this book in preparation for doing so. It is elegantly written, develops its thoughts in a logical and complete sequence and points towards the future like a beacon. Those interested in developing new paradigms of thinking about aging and caring for older persons will find much of use here. Every medical library should possess this brilliant and enticing book.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826121349
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/17/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Albert, PhD, MSPH is Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. He is trained in anthropology (PhD, University of Chicago) and epidemiology (MS, Columbia University) and completed postdoctoral fellowships in aging and health policy (Rutgers University) and aging and cognition (Columbia University). Dr. Albert has 20 years of research in aging and public health, with completed projects investigating disability transitions in old age (National Institute of Aging), mental health at the end of life (National institute of Mental Health), cross-cultural variation in health and chronic disease (Fetzer Institute, Alzheimer's Association, CDC), home health care (Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation), family caregiving (National Alliance of Caregiving), and medication adherence (United Hospital Fund). He conducted fieldwork in Papua New Guinea as a Fulbright Scholar. Current projects include studies of medication review in senior housing (Pittsburgh Foundation), dynamic computational modeling of health behavior (University of Pittsburgh), worksite health promotion for chronic disease management (PPG, Inc.), and assessment of home care technologies. He co-founded the Aging and Public Health MPH Program at Columbia University and teaches courses in aging and public health and research methods in aging research. Dr. Albert is the author or editor of 3 books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles. He has served as an officer in the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of the Gerontological Society of America and the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association.
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Table of Contents

  1. List of Figures
    List of Tables
  2. Between Clinical Geriatrics and the Epidemiology of Aging--Defining Public Health and Aging
  3. A Public Health Framework for Thinking about Aging
  4. Public Health and the Demography of Aging
  5. Morality
  6. Physical Function: Disability
  7. Cognitive Function: Dementia
  8. Affective Function: Suffering, NEglect, Isolation
  9. Aging, Public Health, and Application of the Quality of Life Paradigm
  10. Emerging Applications of the Aging and Public Health Paradigm

  11. References
    Index
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