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Pharmacy Practice in an Aging Society - Jeannette Y. Wick

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Learn how to talk—and listen—to your elderly clients

Pharmacy Practice in an Aging Society examines the aspects of aging that transcend physical and biological changes, addressing practical concerns such as communication, understanding values, and end-of-life issues. This unique book provides pharmacists with the basics on how to enhance their service to the elderly and offers additional suggestions for improving the empathy and understanding they have for their patients. The book explores general health and pharmacy concerns of the elderly, including abuse, neglect, sexuality, stress, and addictions, and presents methods of helping seniors stay healthy through exercise and with appropriate interventions. 34 figures, tables, and exhibits make complex information easy to access and understand.

Fewer than five percent of persons over 65 end up in a nursing home, and many stay only long enough to recover or rehabilitate before returning home. The other 95 percent need our attention and our care. Pharmacy Practice in an Aging Society helps pharmacists develop the special tools they need to deal with the elderly, identifying the most challenging areas, and providing effective frameworks for addressing them. The book also includes sidebars that summarize important ideas, including:

  • “Communication”—choosing the right words when delivering difficult or even unwelcome information to patients
  • “Ethics on the Spot”—anticipating difficult questions and determining if information is appropriate to pass along to a patient
  • “Statistics at a Glance”—comparative statistics presented in a way that makes a point
  • “Cutting Edge”—current research findings and what they mean to your patients
  • “Too Late Now”—when changing a patient’s behavior or adding a medication is unlikely to help
  • “Then and Now”—compares past treatment and approaches with current ones
  • and much more!
Pharmacy Practice in an Aging Society is an essential resource for community and hospital pharmacists, educators, and anyone else with an interest in health.

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Graying Landscapep. 1
Who's Who?p. 4
Elders' Demographicsp. 6
Developing Competencep. 8
Conclusionp. 9
The Challenge of Disease in the Elderlyp. 11
Before Age Twentyp. 12
The Twenties and Thirtiesp. 14
The Fortiesp. 15
The Fiftiesp. 15
The Sixties and Beyondp. 17
Conclusionp. 23
Say What? Communicating with Eldersp. 27
Communicating Verbally with the Average Seniorp. 28
Setting the Stagep. 29
Communicating in Writingp. 30
Elderspeakp. 33
Unique Communication Issues with Dementiap. 35
Communicating with Agitated Patientsp. 37
Conclusionp. 37
Exercise and Agingp. 41
Aging and Muscle Lossp. 42
Classic Studiesp. 42
Exercise for Eldersp. 44
Methodological Considerationsp. 45
Exercise, Falls, and Osteoporosisp. 46
Cardiovascular Healthp. 47
Immune Function and Cancerp. 48
Mental Healthp. 49
Conclusionp. 52
Lifestyle Drugs: Enhancing Life or Eradicating Ugliness?p. 55
What Are Lifestyle Drugs?p. 57
Lifestyle Drugs: Profit or Expense?p. 59
Managing Lifestyle Drugsp. 60
Location, Location, Locationp. 62
Cost, Safety, and Confidentialityp. 63
Conclusionp. 63
Addictionp. 69
Right Under Your Nose: Legal Drug Abusep. 70
Nicotinep. 72
Alcohol: Drug or Social Amenity?p. 77
Elder Abusep. 89
What Is It?p. 89
Frequency and Costsp. 90
Detecting Abusep. 91
What Causes Abuse?p. 93
A Word About Self-Neglectp. 94
Conclusionp. 96
Sexualityp. 99
Expression Without Exploitationp. 100
Is There Sex After...p. 102
Caregiver Attitudesp. 106
Sexually Transmitted Diseasesp. 106
Women's Reproductive Organsp. 108
Male Menopause?p. 111
Conclusionp. 117
Stressp. 121
Stress, Stressors, and Worryp. 121
Depressionp. 129
Conclusionp. 133
Lost Mindsp. 137
Memoryp. 139
Metacognitionp. 141
Dispelling Mythsp. 142
Mild Cognitive Impairmentp. 143
Delirium versus Dementiap. 144
Assessmentp. 145
Drug-Induced Cognitive Impairmentp. 149
Conclusionp. 150
Death, the Great Equalizerp. 155
End-of-Life Carep. 155
Autopsyp. 160
Cleaning Out the Medication Cabinetp. 169
Conclusionp. 172
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780789026521
ISBN-10: 078902652X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 18th October 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34