Nutritional Care of the Older Adult. Annette B. Natow, and JoAnn Heslin. New York, Macmillan, 1986, 306 pages, softcover, $15.
It is my impression that every nursing home should have the book, Nutritional Care of the Older Adult, available for the staff. The book is excellent. In clear, concise language it addresses the many problems of aging. There is a logical approach to some of the very latest research.
The length of the book is sufficient to cover the material adequately. The authors' give the reader many other references if there is a need to obtain additional information.
The format suits the book very well. The writing style holds the reader's interest; I found myself anxious to continue reading this book and even going back over some of the chapters. There are no wasted words. The facts are given and discussed just enough to be of interest.
One would be hard put to find weaknesses in the book. The vast amount of research, time, and effort that was put into this publication is obvious.
In the past, there has been vast neglect in the area of nutritional care for the elderly. This book certainly points out why nutritional care is so important, both in prevention and treatment.
This would be a fine book for nursing students as well as staff. There can be a very practical application of the information found in Nutritional Care of the Older Adult, This book fills a need because the whole area of aging is finally being understood.