The fourth edition of this highly successful text is an ideal resource for practitioners from all disciplines working in a wide range of care settings for older people. It conveys the depth of knowledge needed to develop the complex and sometimes delicate skills required for nursing interventions and support of older people. It takes an evidence-based and person-centred approach to understanding and meeting older people's needs as well as problems that nurses and other practitioners deal with every day, such as pain, immobility, breathlessness, eating and drinking.
This edition has been extensively rewritten by subject experts from nursing, social work, physiotherapy, gerontology and sociology. The 34 chapters are organised in four sections, which cover:
. Ageing and old age
. Policy Change and the Contexts of Care
. Nursing Older People: independence, autonomy and self-fulfilment
. Current issues and reflections on caring for older people.
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SECTION 1: AGEING AND OLD AGE
What is old age?
Demographic and epidemiological trends in ageing
The psychology of human ageing
The biology of human ageing
SECTION 2: POLICY CHANGE AND CONTEXTS OF CARE
Policy developments in the organization of support for older people
Health and social care for older people in the community
Nursing older people in hospital
Intermediate and long-term care provision for older people
SECTION 3: NURSING OLDER PEOPLE: INDEPENDENCE, AUTONOMY AND SELF-FULFILMENT
Communication challenges and skills
Eyesight and older people
Promoting safe mobility
Care of the foot
Eating and drinking
Maintaining body temperature
Maintaining healthy skin
Sleep and rest
Sexuality and relationships in later life
Pain and older people
Delirium (acute confusional states) in later life
Person-centred dementia care
Depression in older people
Dying, bereavement and loss
Drugs and older people
SECTION 4: CURRENT ISSUES AND REFLECTIONS ON CARING FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Assessment of older people
Health care for older homeless people
Health promotion for older people
Abuse of older people
Carers and lay caring
Ross, Fiona M. Professor of Gerontological Nursing in Primary Care and Director, Nursing Research Unit, King's College London, London, UK.