Toward Healthy Aging: Human Needs and Nursing Response. Ebersole P, Hess P. St Louis, The CV Mosby Company, 1985, 900 pages.
Toward Healthy Aging is a textbook on care of the aged that focuses on maintaining and promoting health in the elderly client. The framework for the book is Maslow's hierarchy of needs; thus nursing interventions are prioritized according to Maslow's hierarchy. The book emphasizes care of the elderly in the community setting; therefore, importance is placed on interventions that will assist the elderly to remain in the community.
Although the focus of the book is on health promotion and maintenance of the elderly and not illness or disease, there is discussion of a few specific illness-disease related problems such as Alzheimer's disease, depression, and alcoholism. The nursing interventions are directed toward care of these clients in the community.
The book is divided into two sections. The first section looks in detail at the historical development and roles and functions of gerontic nursing. The second and larger section is devoted to the needs of older persons. The authors provide many relevant statistics, and they offer numerous tables and graphs, which greatly add to understanding the content. The appendices are full of useful assessment tools, and the references at the end of each chapter contain information on where to seek additional assistance in the way of pamphlets, audiovisuals, and organizations.
This is the second edition of this textbook. In addition to updating statistics, the authors have added a chapter on the frail elderly. The textbook is comprehensive and easy to read. It would be most useful to baccalaureate nursing students and registered nurses working with the aged.