The 50+ Wellness Program. McIIwain HH, Steinmeyer LF, RilgrumBruce D, et al, New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1 990, 316 pages, $12.95, paperback.
The stated goal of this three-part, 1 0chapter book is to help the reader understand the facts of becoming an older adult. It is written in an informal, personalized style. The intended authence of this book is the 50 + health-care consumer. A holistic approach divides the book into three parts.
The first part, eliminating risk factors, deals with the general topics of the signs and symptoms of aging, prevention and early detection, and the routine medical examination. The second part, formulating a plan for healthy living, addresses the topics of nutrition, exercise, wellness, disease, and food and drug interactions. The final part of the book is responding to life changes. The seventh chapter, "Specific Health Problems," presents, in alphabetical order, general information about more than 80 physical conditions and illnesses that most frequently affect the 50 + population. Planning for financial changes such as retirement, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, supplementing income, having a will, and a healthy attitude are topics presented in the final chapters of the book.
There are a few limitations of the book: the absence of a specific chapter or section about spirituality as a part of the holistic approach, and the lack of a formal reference or bibliography section.
The book's strengths include its readability and the informative sections about normal aging, risks, nutrition, and finance. In addition, this book contains a number of useful resources, including tables, lists, and agency addresses. These resources could be useful in assisting older adults or health-care providers in assessing, organizing, and planning for the future physical, psychological, and financial well-being of the 50+ adult.