Improving the health of older people : a world view /
edited by Robert L. Kane, J. Grimley Evans, and David Macfadyen.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Published on behalf of the World Health Organization by Oxford University Press, 1990.
xiii, 703 p. : ill. --
0192617923 :
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Oxford [England] ; New York : Published on behalf of the World Health Organization by Oxford University Press, 1990.
0192617923 :
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Rev. papers from the second meeting in Nov. 1987 of a WHO expert committee.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Solicited by the World Health Organization, and written by international experts, these papers on health and aging "summarize current knowledge, highlight progress, and identify significant future issues" in the areas of gerontological demographics, function/dysfunction, disease processes, health care delivery, education and personnel needs, and social policy. Although chapters meet the goals as stated, the same information can be found in most current geriatric health texts. The unique contribution of this book could have been a more thorough analysis of health and aging in less developed countries (LDCs). The foreword states that issues are presented in a "global context"; however, a true world perspective is lacking. Most chapter authors are from Western countries, and their papers reflect the gerontological concerns of the developed world. Although the book acknowledges that in the near future, the greatest impact of an increasingly aged population will fall upon LDCs, only 6 of the 42 chapters give more than passing reference to aging issues in these countries. Recommended for libraries seeking a concise review of health and aging issues in the developed world. Those desiring more information on aging in the LDCs would best refer to publications of the UN or the International Association of Gerontology. Upper-division and graduate collections. -M. A. Thompson, Saint Joseph College
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Long Description
This book examines the worldwide growth of elderly populations and its consequences for future care, and the associated costs for this sector of the population. Living a longer life does not necessarily imply an improvement in the quality of life. Important issues concerning the overall quality of additional years gained through increase in life expectancy are addressed in this book. Progress in specific dimensions of wellbeing are described. Recent gains in knowledge are reviewed, together with advances in our understanding of falls, sensory disorders, mental health in old age, osteoporosis, incontinence, drug therapy and iatrogenic disorders. The book extends outside medical care to encompass the family, which is the key issue in developing countries, community care, nursing home and hospice care; health care services that are particularly appreciated by older people are described. It will provide readers with a knowledge base for developing policies and programs that will advance the wellbeing of the elderly people of the world.
Table of Contents
Perceived Progress in Aging. The Results of a Delphi Survey of International Experts
Health and Function
International Demographic Trends
Compression of Morbidity: Issues and Irrelevancies
How are the Elderly Different?
Assessment of Health and Functional Status: An International Comparison
Aging, Quantitative Health Status Assessment and the Effectiveness of Medical Care
Social Factors Affecting the Health of the Elderly
Progress in Specific Areas
Progress in the Biology of Aging
Drugs and Old People: Recent Advances in Geriatric Pharmacology
Iatrogenic Disorders
Hearing Disorders of Aging: Identification and Management
The Effectiveness of Intervention for the Mental Health of the Elderly
The Efficacy of Continence Treatment
Falls in Later Life
Prevention in the Aging
Health Care Introduction
Role of Primary Health Care for the Elderly
The Role of the Family in the Care of the Elderly in Developing Countries
The Role of the Family in Developed Countries
Case Management and Assessment of the Elderly
The Efficacy of Geriatric Assessment Programmes
The Role of Geriatric Medicine
Home Care and Day Care for the Elderly
Nursing Home Care for the Elderly
Hospice Care for the Elderly
Housing for Older People: the North American Approach
Technology Development and Use for Elderly People
Assessing the Impact of Introducing New Technologies and Interventions for the Elderly
Education and Personnel Needs
Educating Lay Persons About the Care of the Elderly
Educating Health Professionals in the Care of the Elderly
Planning for Health Personnel Needed to Serve Elderly Persons
Health and Social Policy Issues in Aging
Planning More Suitable Environments for the Elderly
Economic Factors Affecting the Health of the Elderly
The Role of Aging in Establishing Social Priorities: an Economic Perspective
Contribution of Social Security to the Well-Being of the Elderly
Ethical Issues and Care of the Elderly
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