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.
`The editors have succeeded in producing a book which, despite its global dimension, is immediately relevant to those working within their own national and local context. I strongly recommend it.'
'It is difficult in a short review to do justice to the breadth and depth of this excellent book. All of us already involved in planning future services for the elderly should read the book, and I will be recommending it, as an invigorating introduction, to those embarking on a career in care of the elderly.'
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
'Excellent book...in this one volume are embraced the leading edges of medical and social georntology,seen from an international perspective...I will be recommending it, as an invigorating itrodution, to those embarking on a career in care of the elderly.'
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
'The volume is an unusually substantial and impressive product of the activities of the WHO global programme for health care of the elderly. It will make a great contribution to the improvement of this care in many regions of the world and should be available in all medical schools and university departments of psychology and sociology.'
Journal of Ageing and Society
'the book stands as a coherent whole, thought undoubtedly its use will be more as a reference work for students and researchers ... This book is well deserving of a place on library shelves.'
Jill Manthorpe, University of Hull, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 11, Number 5, 1991
Robert L. Kane: Perceived progress in Ageing: The results of a Delphi survey of international experts; PART I: HEALTH AND FUNCTION: Introduction; D.L. Macfadyen: International demographic trends; R.L. Kane, D.M. Radosevich, and J.W. Vaupel: Compression of morbidity: issues and irrelevancies; J. Grimley Evans: How are the elderly different?; G.G. Fillenbaum: Assessment of health and functional status: an international comparison; R.B. Wallace and J.E. Rohrer:
Ageing, quantitative health status assessment and the effectiveness of medical care; M.S. Gore: Social factors affecting the health of the elderly; PART II: PROGRESS IN SPECIFIC AREAS: Introduction; C.E.
Finch: Progress in the biology of ageing; Osteoporosis: Introduction; B.E.C. Nordin: Scope for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis; Stroke: J. Grimley Evans: Introduction; C.J. Bulpitt: Stroke prevention and the population control of hypertension; T. Omae: Care of the patient with acute stroke; L. Offerhaus: Drugs and old people: recent advances in geriatric pharmacology; F.I. Caird: Iatrogenic disorders; D. Noffsinger, J.P. Martin and S.H. Lewis: Hearing disorders of ageing:
identification and management; B.J. Guland, J.E. Borne, R. Mayeux and B.S. Meyers: The effectiveness of intervention for the mental health of the elderly; J.G. Ouslander: The efficacy of continence treatment;
M.J. Gibson: Falls in later life; A. M. Davies: Prevention in the ageing; PART II : HEALTH CARE: Introduction; G. Andrews: Role of primary health care for the elderly; N.A. Apt: The role of the family in the care of the elderly in developing countries; D. Maeda: The role of the family in developed countries; R.A. Kane: Case management and assessment of the elderly; L.A. Rubenstein: The efficacy of geriatric assessment programmes; R.A. Barker: The role of geriatric medicine; B. Havens: Home care
and day care for the elderly; M.J. Hirschfield and R. Fleishman: Nursing home care for the elderly; D.S. Greer: Hospice care for the elderly; N. Blackie: Housing for older people: the North American
approach; K.Maslow: Technology development and use for elderly people; H. Becker: Assessing the impact of introducing new technologies and interventions for the elderly; PART IV: EDUCATION AND PERSONNEL NEEDS: Introduction; E.C. de Lehr: Educating lay persons about the care of the elderly; C. Ewan: Educating health professionals in the care of the elderly; D.I Zwick and T.F. Williams: pLaning for health personnel needed to serve elderly persons; PART V: HEALTH AND SOCIAL POLICY ISSUES IN
AGEING: Introduction; B. Vellas, P. Vellas, and J-L Albarede: Planning more suitable environments for the elderly; N. Ogawa: Economic factors affecting the health of the elderly; K. Wright: The role of
ageing in establishing social priorities: an economic perspective; V. Rys: Contribution of social security to the well-being of the elderly; A.L. Caplan: Ethical issues and care of the elderly; Appendix; Index.