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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book presents the papers from a 2002 gerontology conference held in Cleveland. It uses an intergenerational perspective to look at contemporary gerontology.
Purpose: Its purpose is to discuss intergenerational aspects of aging from the individual's perspective, from the family's caregiving perspective, and from society's perspective as well. These are useful ideas.
Audience: Gerontologists and social planners and nurses are the primary audience for this book. The papers presented here are all written by credible experts.
Features: The book is in three sections: the implications of longevity from an intergenerational perspective, notions of aging successfully, and caring interactions across the generations.
Assessment: It is refreshing to read a book whose emphasis is not medical. The chapters on how educational theory can be applied to caring for disabled older persons are novel and engaging. That older persons and their caregivers live in a society, enmeshing levels of capacity, knowledge, and ages gives a perspective of the future challenges of an aging society.