WHOLENESS IN LATER LIFE

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Reviewer: MaryBeth Tank Buschmann, RNC, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This book presents older adults from a holistic viewpoint, and includes cultural, spiritual, physical, and psychological factors. It is divided into two sections, the theoretical background and practical ideas drawn from music therapy.
Purpose: The purpose is to distinguish between wholeness and perfection in various aspects of later life.
Audience: This book is aimed at older adults, as well as professionals involved in the medical and psychosocial care of the older adult. There is an emphasis on the use of music therapy.
Features: There are no illustrations. The references as a whole are current, but specific areas, such as depression, are questionable. There is an author index and a subject index.
Assessment: The initial span of this book is too global both in respect to the audience and to the content to be effective. The theoretical background is too general and the practical applications are too specific to music therapy for general use. However, the chapters on cultural and spiritual aspects are refreshing, since these are often overlooked. The two sections have an artificial distinction and are really part of a continuum. This book is a mixture of professional and lay presentation of first and third person language; and of research based information and anecdotal material. I would not recommend this book for researchers or educators.
MaryBeth Tank Buschmann
This book presents older adults from a holistic viewpoint, and includes cultural, spiritual, physical, and psychological factors. It is divided into two sections, the theoretical background and practical ideas drawn from music therapy. The purpose is to distinguish between wholeness and perfection in various aspects of later life. This book is aimed at older adults, as well as professionals involved in the medical and psychosocial care of the older adult. There is an emphasis on the use of music therapy. There are no illustrations. The references as a whole are current, but specific areas, such as depression, are questionable. There is an author index and a subject index. The initial span of this book is too global both in respect to the audience and to the content to be effective. The theoretical background is too general and the practical applications are too specific to music therapy for general use. However, the chapters on cultural and spiritual aspects are refreshing, since these are often overlooked. The two sections have an artificial distinction and are really part of a continuum. This book is a mixture of professional and lay presentation of first and third person language; and of research based information and anecdotal material. I would not recommend this book for researchers or educators.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853024474
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Wholeness and Old Age: Realities and Vulnerabilities 7
2 Cultural Aspects of Growing Older 21
3 Sexuality and Relationships 37
4 Spiritual Aspects of Old Age 52
5 Physical Challenges to our Integrity 60
6 Emotional and Psychological Challenges 69
7 Dementia and Wholeness 80
8 Effects in Later Life of Earlier Impairment: Ageing with a Physical Disability 89
9 Effects in Later Life of Earlier Impairment: Ageing with Genetic and Congenital Impairments 105
10 The Practicalities of Music Therapy in Later Life 119
11 Individual Work with Elderly People 124
12 Music Therapy for Those with Physical Disorders 140
13 Music for a Social Support Group Programme 148
14 Music Therapy in the Management of Aphasia 161
15 Terminal Care: Can We Retain our Wholeness? 180
16 Summary: Captains of our Destiny or Pawns of Circumstance? 187
References 189
Subject Index 202
Author Index 206
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