Societal Mechanisms for Maintaining Competence in Old Age

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In this interdisciplinary volume, renowned researchers examine how societal mechanisms and social support systems enable individuals to continue leading independent lives within their communities or in an institutional setting. Integrating sociological, psychological and health perspectives, the distinguished contributors address such topics as active life expectancy, mental health issues, social relationships, housing design, and institutional care. They describe how older adults' decision-making capacity is ...
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Overview

In this interdisciplinary volume, renowned researchers examine how societal mechanisms and social support systems enable individuals to continue leading independent lives within their communities or in an institutional setting. Integrating sociological, psychological and health perspectives, the distinguished contributors address such topics as active life expectancy, mental health issues, social relationships, housing design, and institutional care. They describe how older adults' decision-making capacity is maintained by a variety of societal mechanisms, including formal support systems, cognitive training, and environmental supports.

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Reviewer: Saundra L. Theis, RN, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This edited book contains the proceedings of a conference summarizing knowledge related to mechanisms of society that aid older adults to maintain independence in community settings. Areas included are active life expectancy, psychological issues, role of nursing home placement, compensation and overcompensation in nursing homes, social support, and physical environment related to competence.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize knowledge and to stimulate research related to maintaining independence. As the world ages, it is increasingly important that we know what supports the maintenance of competence and what allows older adults to stay in the community. Therefore, the research reported in this book is helpful and meets the purpose of the authors.
Audience: Anyone who is interested in the further understanding of research related to competence of older adults will benefit from this book. Gerontologists in the fields of psychology, health sciences, sociology, and management of community settings for elders will particularly benefit. The contributors to the book are well known and competent in their fields.
Features: This book has few illustrations and could benefit from more to enhance understanding. The references are relevant and current. There are author and subject indexes, making information easy to locate. A unique feature of the book is that each subject is addressed by one or two authors, and two related commentaries are included. This feature fosters a discussion format and extends the knowledge and application.
Assessment: This is an excellent compilation of the state of current knowledge related to independence in older adults and to how societal mechanisms help or hinder that independence. Although it will be most useful to researchers, there are clinical implications to be gained by health science and other long-term care clinicians. Researchers should purchase the book and it should be in the library for wide use by long-term care clinicians.
Saundra L. Theis
This edited book contains the proceedings of a conference summarizing knowledge related to mechanisms of society that aid older adults to maintain independence in community settings. Areas included are active life expectancy, psychological issues, role of nursing home placement, compensation and overcompensation in nursing homes, social support, and physical environment related to competence. The purpose is to summarize knowledge and to stimulate research related to maintaining independence. As the world ages, it is increasingly important that we know what supports the maintenance of competence and what allows older adults to stay in the community. Therefore, the research reported in this book is helpful and meets the purpose of the authors. Anyone who is interested in the further understanding of research related to competence of older adults will benefit from this book. Gerontologists in the fields of psychology, health sciences, sociology, and management of community settings for elders will particularly benefit. The contributors to the book are well known and competent in their fields. This book has few illustrations and could benefit from more to enhance understanding. The references are relevant and current. There are author and subject indexes, making information easy to locate. A unique feature of the book is that each subject is addressed by one or two authors, and two related commentaries are included. This feature fosters a discussion format and extends the knowledge and application. This is an excellent compilation of the state of current knowledge related to independence in older adults and to how societal mechanisms help or hinder that independence. Although itwill be most useful to researchers, there are clinical implications to be gained by health science and other long-term care clinicians. Researchers should purchase the book and it should be in the library for wide use by long-term care clinicians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826196903
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Societal Impact on Aging Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 What Can We Learn about Competence at the Older Ages from Active Life Expectancy? 1
Commentary: Imprints of Disability 23
Commentary: Active Life Expectancy: Concept or Model for Research on Competency? 35
2 Psychological Issues Related to Competence 50
Commentary: Psychological Issues Related to Competence: Cognitive Aging and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living 66
Commentary: The Social Context of Competence 83
3 Does Being Placed in a Nursing Home Make You Sicker and More Likely to Die? 94
Commentary: The Role of Physical Health in Understanding Societal Mechanisms for Maintaining Competence in Old Age 131
Commentary: Nursing Home Placement and Subsequent Morbidity and Mortality 136
4 Long-Term Care Institutions and the Maintenance of Competence: A Dialectic Between Compensation and Overcompensation 142
Commentary: Dependency Scripts and Competencies: New Direction or More of the Same? 165
Commentary: Quality Improvement and the Management of Dependency in Nursing Facilities 173
5 Social Support and the Maintenance of Competence 182
Commentary: Social Relationships in Context and as Context: Social Support and the Maintenance of Competence in Old Age 207
Commentary: Emerging Theoretical and Empirical Issues in the Study of Social Support and Competence in Later Life 223
6 The Physical Environment and Maintenance of Competence 232
Commentary: The FSU Approach to Design: Feedback from Senior Users 251
Commentary: The Maintenance of ADL and IADL Functioning Through Design 266
Author Index 275
Subject Index 285
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