Community Health Services for the Aged: Promotion and Maintenance. Chiyo Ko Furukawa and Dianna Shomaker. Maryland. Aspen Systems Corp. 373 pages.
This book is a guide for any health care professional interested in planning health care services for the aged in the community. Additionally, and importantly, it provides professionals with an understanding of aging. This understanding of aging is necessary to plan appropriate health services geared toward wellness: health promotion and maintenance. Since the goal of nursing is health promotion and maintenance, the book is most pertinent to the nursing care for aged.
Th philosophy of health care described and the application of that philosophy is most helpful and thought provoking. The authors' philosophy of health care is founded on three well established concepts: 1) high level wellness as defined by Haibert Dünn, 2) holism, and 3) prevention. These concepts are the authors' selection of health promotion and maintenance as the goals of community health services for the elderly.
The dynamic model of the elderly person presented is consistent with these concepts identified. Because the needs of the elderly person change, the whole organism is thrown off balance. The model shows how equilibrium is restored by using the individual's strengths and resources available in the community.
The book is written clearly. Each chapter includes some references that are classics, e.g., Dunn, Butler, Comfort. The American Journal of Nursing honored this book as Book of The Year in its January 1983 issue. The book has proved practicality. It was an inspiration for planning health care delivery for the elderly at St. Luke's Hospitals in Fargo, North Dakota. This reviewer recommends the book for any professional interested or involved in health promotion and maintenance for the elderly.