The Challenge of Aging. Shaw (ed). New York, Churchill-Livingstone, Inc., 1984, 166 pages, $11.50, paperback.
The Challenge of Aging is the composite work of several Australian professionals experienced in working with the aged. An overview of selected illnesses associated with aging, the various methods of health care delivery, and the types of expertise available to the elderly is presented by professionals in architecture, social work, medicine, and nursing. The entire book is written with a keen sensitivity for the need to listen to the elderly and their families for optimal problem assessment and interventions.
For nurse clinicians, the book is a good overview with some added depth in areas of stroke rehabilitation and behavioral disorders. Because of the book's pervasive tone of caring and respect for the elderly, and its appreciation of the complexity of the problems, I highly recommend it for all health care professionals as an introduction to issues that must be confronted in working with the elderly.