The National Institute on Aging announces the availability of its newest publication, A Guide to Medical Self-Care and Self-Help Groups for those who work with the elderly.
Self-care and self-help groups are traditional to the American way of self-reliance. Today, we are witnessing a revival of this approach, particularly among our elderly population who often find highly technical and specialized medical care very impersonal and costly. Self-care is defined as: "actions that we as individuals perform on behalf of our own, our family's, or our neighbor's well-being." Basic to self-care is an understanding of how our bodies work, what's good for them, and how to tell when something goes awry. Suggested reading lists to aid in this understanding process are offered for each subject area.
Self-help groups-clusters of persons who share a common condition, and who come together to offer one another the benefit of mutual experiences, support, and counsel-are discussed in the second portion of the publication. Major self-help groups, with an emphasis on those relating to older people, are listed alphabetically and described briefly.
Complimentary copies of this publication may be ordered by writing to: NIA/Self-Help, c/o Expand Associates, 8630 Fenton Ave, Suite 508, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.