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From The CriticsReviewer: David Zane, BA, BSN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: The structure of this book is based on Maslow's conceptual framework of human needs, specifically centered on the issues, needs, and care of the elderly and progressing from basic biological needs to more complex self-actualization needs. Now in its fifth edition, the authors typically present each chapter in a clear structure: introductory quotations; learning objectives; main text; key concepts; case study; study questions; research questions; resource addresses; and related appendixes.
Purpose: The purpose is to organize a comprehensive text on holistic care of the aging in a myriad of settings that will have relevant content for all levels of nursing and multidisciplinary courses. The need for a comprehensive text on holistic care of the aging is evident, since the number of elderly is growing in the United States and throughout the world. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the elderly are living longer, so it is imperative for many reasons that these extended years be healthier. The book meets a great portion of the authors' objectives. The case studies, resource addresses, and related appendixes are important examples of how a book can utilize clinical situations and tools in fostering student understanding that holistic care of the elderly requires critical thinking and advanced planning.
Audience: The book is primarily written for geriatric nursing students of all educational levels; additionally the authors mention its use in teaching multidisciplinary courses. In my judgment, the textbook is primarily an undergraduate text for a nursing student interested in pursuing gerontologic nursing care.
Features: The chapter by chapter case studies, resource list, and associated appendixes demonstrate both authors' understanding of how to care holistically for aging clients. Furthermore, the authors impressed me with their compassion and respect for the elderly demonstrated throughout the text. The quality and pertinence of the illustrations are good. Excellent photographs related to skin problems and very good illustrations for exercise are included. Overall appearance of the book is very good.
Assessment: This is a good text for an undergraduate nursing course on holistic care of the elderly. The new layout makes it more attractive and revisions have been made to the latest edition related to mental health, cognition, pharmacology, death, and transcendence.