The Aged Patient: A Sourcebook for the Allied Health Professional. Ernst, GlazerWaldman. Chicago. Year Book Medical Publishers
The care of the elderly in the community or in an institution demands an interdisciplinary approach in order to provide comprehensive care. The editors of this text have brought together contributions from experts in various health care fields in order to convey increased understanding of the needs of the aged and the contributions made by the various disciplines. In order to acquaint the reader with broad aspects of geriatrics and gerontology, this book is divided into three main parts dealing with: (1) Social Sciences, (2) Medical Science and (3) Health Care Science.
Part one on Social Sciences presents an introduction to gerontology and the impact of the aged population on our society. The interdisciplinary approach to patient care is discussed with emphasis on the importance of each team member accepting and valuing input from colleagues. Common role changes and losses that accompany the aging process are discussed providing insight for health care workers as they resolve current problems and plan for prevention of future dilemmas.
Medical Science is discussed in part two. The chapters included in this section emphasize the fact that mere are normal changes that occur in the aging process and these must be distinguished from disease conditions. Normal sensory changes are explained and drug responses common to the elderly are dealt with.
Throughout the book, the reader is made aware of the value of the interdisciplinary approach and its contribution to quality care of the elderly. When disciplines work together for the good of the patient, creative insight in problem solving occurs.