Public Health and Aging: Maximizing Function and Well-Being, Second Edition

Public Health and Aging: Maximizing Function and Well-Being, Second Edition

by Steven M. Albert, Vicki A. Freedman, Vicki Freedman
     
 

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

"The new edition has the balance of breadth and depth and should appeal to practitioners, academics and students alike. The second edition of Public Health and Aging is a must-read book in the developing field of public health and aging."

--American Public Health Association

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

"The new edition has the balance of breadth and depth and should appeal to practitioners, academics and students alike. The second edition of Public Health and Aging is a must-read book in the developing field of public health and aging."

--American Public Health Association

"[This] book provides an understanding of the physical, mental, and social functioning domains that affect older persons and how these affect quality of life. This is a valuable addition to the growing field of public health and aging."

--Doody's

"This book promotes the development and maintenance of optimal physical, mental, and social functioning,irrespective of acquired diseases and with due recognition of the senescent changes that accompany late life. Updated, revised, and significantly expanded, this second edition contains new chapters that examine chronic disease, long-term care, and ethical issues in public health and aging. The book also serves as a resource to health professionals and students, delineating what measures health care professionals can take to help elderly populations not only maintain but optimise their health." -- The Lamp

The health care industry has continued its efforts to promote health and prevent disease among elderly populations. In this book, however, the authors argue that simple health promotion and disease prevention are not enough to address the many challenges of aging-whether it entails being physically frail, living with dementia, or approaching death. Instead, the unique focus of this groundbreaking text centers on maximizing function and well-being for the elderly.

This book promotes the development and maintenance of optimal physical, mental, and social functioning, irrespective of acquired disease and with due recognition of the senescent changes that accompany late life. Updated, revised, and significantly expanded, this second edition contains new chapters that examine chronic disease, long-term care, and ethical issues in public health and aging. The book also serves as an excellent textbook for both graduate and undergraduate curriculums.

Key Features:

  • Provides updated statistics and trends related to physical, cognitive, and affective functioning for older adults
  • Covers key topics such as physical functioning and disability, cognitive disability, affective and social functioning, quality of life, and mortality
  • Discusses the national efforts to make communities more "elder-friendly"
  • Includes important information on evidence-based depression management programs
  • Covers the core fields of public health: epidemiology, population studies, health systems and policy, and health behaviors
  • Instructor's Guide available to qualified instructors (contact textbook@springerpub.com)

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sylvia E. Furner, MPH, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: In response to feedback on the first edition of 2004, the authors have expanded their discussion of the delivery of public health efforts to the older population in this edition. They also provide new information on such important areas as aging services networks, long-term care, and ethical issues in public health and aging. Most importantly, they provide an integrated framework for helping maximize functioning in later life.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a broad approach to addressing the challenge of aging for both the individual and society. As the authors state, "public health and aging must address a much more heterogeneous aging experience." The book is intended to do just that. It adds important information and perspectives to this field.
Audience: This is designed as the main textbook for an undergraduate or graduate class in aging and public health and as a possible supplementary book for gerontology and geriatric medicine. In my view, undergraduate students should be in upper level classes to get the most out of this book.
Features: The book provides an understanding of the physical, mental, and social functioning domains that affect older persons and how these affect quality of life. Further, it discusses how long-term care, end-of-life care, and ethical concerns impact the aging population and public health policies and delivery systems. The chapters on chronic disease, disability and functioning, and dementia are particularly strong, and the chapter on ethical issues in public health and aging is a very worthwhile addition.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the growing field of public health and aging. Although the first edition was published not that long ago, this new edition substantially expands upon it, both in terms of additional topics and in expansion of previously covered topics. This will be quite useful as a textbook in this field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826121523
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/07/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Albert is a professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He directs the Public Health Gerontology program. Additionally, he leads the Clinical Core of the Claude D. Pepper Center for Independence in Older Adults and is Co-Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, a CDC Prevention Research Center. Dr. Albert's research examines public health goals in an increasingly mass geriatric society.


Dr. Freedman is a professor in the Department of Health Systems and Policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry's School of Public Health. Trained in the demography and epidemiology of aging, Dr. Freedman's research focuses on issues at the nexus of population aging, disability, and long-term care. She recently served as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Disability in America.

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