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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori L. Popejoy, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a book written for the express purpose of providing practicing nurses, faculty, and students with current research-based information about gerontological nursing. The guiding framework for this book, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, offers a wonderful way to ground the discussion about how to meet the needs of older adults.
Purpose: This research-based resource for nurses, faculty, and students offers them the means to create environments of care in which older adults can thrive and meet their full potential. The authors meet their objectives of challenging nurses to offer wonderful, high quality care to older adults.
Audience: Intended for practicing nurses, faculty, and students, the book is a comprehensive resource on the care of older adults.
Features: It covers essential elements of care for older adults, starting with the dramatically changing demographic picture of aging, moving through common changes associated with aging, including changes that are physical, spiritual, and social. The tables, which comprehensively cover the chapter content, are particularly useful for students. This book can be used successfully with undergraduate students, as well as with graduate students.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It is comprehensive, yet highly readable, and compares favorably to other textbooks in the field.