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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This is a compilation of papers presented at a 1994 invitational conference on Self-Care and Aging sponsored by the Administration on Aging, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging, the Office of Research on Women's Health, the Office of Alternative Medicine, and Partnership for Prevention, Inc.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a contemporary review of the status of research issues related to self-care and aging by national experts on the topic.
Audience: The audience would include health professional faculty, students, and practitioners, as well as health administrators and health policy makers.
Features: This book consists of an introduction, eight chapters about various aspects of self-care and aging, an afterward outlining a research agenda, and a 57-page annotated bibliography. Each chapter concludes with a listing of references that include both classic and contemporary literature.
Assessment: For those individuals involved in various healthcare activities with older people, this is an outstanding resource for cutting-edge information about self-care and aging. The topics in this book span conceptual and theoretical issues about self-care and aging to very pragmatic issues of designing, implementing, and evaluating self-care programs. As stated in the foreword, the information provided enables older adults to develop skills for the everyday management of threats to their independence — important and critical survival skills.