Handbook of Gerontological Nursing. Steffi BM (ed). New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Ine, 1984, 592 pages, hardcover, $39.95.
"May you demonstrate old age is not a defeat but a victory," writes Ethel Percy Andrus. In the spirit of holistic, gerontological health care, Steffi and the contributing authors of the Handbook of Gerontological Nursing examine the multifaceted needs of the evergrowing aging population. The comprehensive blending of gerontological theory and practice laced with fresh insight helps the nurse to integrate the roles of advocate, assessor, and intervener.
The book addresses psychosocial and physiological care of the elderly, and provides an extensive review of physical assessment and rehabilitation. Current biological, physiological, and sociological theories of aging are also discussed.
The book includes many illustrations and personal experiences, which contribute to an in-depth understanding of the true uniqueness of the aging population. The section on prevention and treatment of pressure sores challenges the nurse to address the problem aggressively.
This book contains a wealth of information and insight for nurses and other professionals working with the aging in both acute and long-term settings. The material is presented in such an effective manner that an emotional bond is created between the author and reader, resulting in an increased sensitivity to the needs of older individuals. The reader is inspired to catch the vision that with old age can come victorious living.