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Care of Older Adults

Care of Older Adults is a comprehensive introduction to aged care for the nursing profession in clinical practice. By taking a strengths-based approach, the book encourages practice with a focus on individuals' potential and capacities rather than their limits. Theories of ageing are linked with the older individual's strengths to ensure the text is well framed from an evidence base, as well as a clinical orientation. The book presents the topic from a healthy ageing perspective through to chronic illness, frailty and end of life. Each chapter includes discussion and reflective questions, and concludes with a list of key points summarising the central content. Case studies combine evidence-based knowledge with practical examples in a number of aged-care settings. Written by internationally renowned authors with extensive practical experience in aged care, Care of Older Adults provides undergraduate students in Australia and New Zealand with local content with a nursing focus.
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Table of Contents

Part I. Ageing and Gerontology: 1. What is ageing?; 2. The demographics and epidemiology of ageing in the context of the changing needs of older adults; 3. Principles of strengths-based care and other nursing models; 4. Nursing older people across aged care settings: interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary approaches; 5. Evidence-based nursing interventions in primary care: a strengths-based approach; Part II. Chronicity and Ageing: 6. Changing disease patterns; 7. Mental health and ageing; 8. The role of family in care of older people; 9. Evidence-based nursing interventions: fostering quality of life; Part III. End of Life Care: 10. Palliative care in Australia and New Zealand: 11. Advance care planning for the frail older adult; 12. A strengths-based palliative approach for the frail older; adult living in residential aged care; 13. Evidence-based nursing interventions: a good death and fostering pain relief.

About the Author

Wendy is the Director of the Centre for Health Practice Innovation (HPI), a research programme in the Griffith Health Institute at Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland. She is also a research leader in a National Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Consumers and Carers and the Dementia Training and Study Centre at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focus has been on finding evidence for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia using controlled trials to test psychosocial interventions, assistive technologies, social robots, and complementary and alternative medicine interventions. Associate Professor Deborah Parker is Director of the University of Queensland Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre, a joint centre of the School of Nursing at the University of Queensland and Blue Care, and the Director of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Community Care (ACEBCC), a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute. Marguerite is a Nurse Academic with a passion for improving clinical practice, education and research in aged care. Currently Marguerite is Project Manager for a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded project in the Centre for Health Practice Innovation (HPI), a research programme in the Griffith Health Institute at Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland. She is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the University of Tasmania, where her teaching and supervisory focus is aged care and dementia care. Marguerite's research has involved a partnership intervention for family caregivers of people with dementia.

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