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Physical Change and Aging, Sixth Edition
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This sixth edition of a classic multidisciplinary text for students of gerontology continues to offer practical, reader-friendly information about the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process. It places special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. The book is distinguished by its thorough focus on anatomy and physiology and common health problems pertaining to each body system. This latest edition has been thoroughly updated to present new research findings that differentiate "normal" aging from actual pathology. It provides new data and guidelines on risk factors, nutrition, preventive measures, interventions, and commonly prescribed medications, and includes expanded treatment of complementary and alternative therapies. The book emphasises the positive aspects of aging and demonstrates how the elderly population can gain greater personal control, through lifestyle changes and preventative health strategies, toward the goal of optimal aging. The book also includes an updated discussion of grief, ethical issues, and funeral options. Written for students of gerontology, social work, human services, nursing. occupational and physical therapy, counselling, and elder law, it presents information that is clearly understandable for those without an extensive background in biology or medicine. The book reinforces information with practical applications of aging data. This sixth edition includes new information on:Genetic/DNA theoriesDementia and Parkinson's DiseaseImmunotherapyLifelong health disparitiesPet-assisted therapyPrayer and meditationPharmacogeneticsGerogogy (self-directed learning) health as public health issueNatural funerals (biodegradable caskets, burial urns, dying at home)
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Sue V. Saxon, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Gerontology (2002), University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. She is author of Pain Management Strategies for the Elderly, co-author of Psychosocial Rehabilitative Programs for Older Adults, and has written chapters for Essentials of Gerontological Nursing. Her articles have appeared in several journals including The Gerontologist, Journal of Women and Aging, Experimental Neurology, and Journal of Genetic Psychology. Dr. Saxon was designated a Gerontological Pioneer for outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of Gerontology by the Southern Gerontological Society, 2005.Mary Jean Etten, EdD, FT, ARNP, is Adjunct Professor in Thanatology, School of Aging Studies, and Faculty, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies, University of South Florida, USA. Dr. Etten is a pioneer in the development of course study and Model Program Development in Hospice Care, Loss and Grief Counselling, and Exercise for Older Adults, among other topics concerning the older adult, death and dying, and living. She is co-author with Dr. Saxon of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs for Older Adults. She has been distinguished with several recent awards, including Outstanding Teaching Award in the Fields of Gerontology and Thanatology, University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies (2004), AGHE Recognition Honor (2003), and Florida Nurse Educator of the Year (2002). The Dr. Mary Jean Etten Center for Caring Building, Suncoast Hospice, Clearwater, Florida was dedicated in 2012.Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNMH, is Research Assistant Professor/Health Coordinator, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, University of South Florida, USA. She is the recipient of the 2006 Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Scholarship; the 2007 Publication Award for Doctoral Student and Faculty Mentor for ""Aspects of Cognitive Functioning in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities; and Provost's Commendation for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant (2007). She is a co-author of the fourth edition of Physical Change and Aging, and contributed a book chapter to Men. Dr. Perkins' peer-reviewed articles appear in numerous journals. She has presented at GSA, and the American Cancer Society; is immediate Past-President of the Gerontology Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD); and was elected to their national board of directors in 2012.

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