Examining the care of older people from a holistic viewpoint, Ruth Bright argues that all of geriatric care - physical, psychological, spiritual and psycho-social - is or should be, intended to improve the overall quality of life for older people, so that they can actively enjoy life and do not simply have to endure it until death comes as a relief. To this end the text discusses the many different challenges that an older person might face, including physical difficulties, psychiatric problems, mental retardation and the impact that a life long disability can have, particularly when it accelerates the ageing process. The book also discusses cultural aspects of ageing and uses case studies to provide illustrative examples of how and why quality of life can and should be improved.
PART I: 1.Wholeness and Old Age: Realities and Vulnerabilities. 2.Cultural Aspects of Growing Older. 3.Sexuality and Relationships. 4.Spiritual Aspects of Old Age. 5.Physical Challenges to Our Integrity. 6.Emotional and Psychological Challenges. 7.Dementia and Wholeness. 8.Effects in Later Life of Earlier Impairment: Ageing with a Physical Disability. 9.Effects in Later Life of Earlier Impairment; Ageing with Genetic and Congenital Impairments. PART II: 10. The Practicalities of Music Therapy in Later Life. 11.Individual Work with Elderly People. 12.Music Therapy for Those with Physical Disorders. 13.Music for a Social Support Group Programme. 14.Music Therapy in the Management of Aphasia. 15.Terminal Care: Can We Retain Our Wholeness? 16.Summary: Captains of Our Destiny or Pawns of Circumstance? References. Index.
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.36