Health in the Later Years. Ferrini AF, Ferrini RL, Dubuque, Iowa, Wm C Brown, 1 989, 414 pages, softcover.
Designedforupper-divisioncollegestudents enrolled in health and aging courses, this book is broadly written to encompass demographics, theories, physiology, pathophysiology, and selected aspects of aging. Although appropriate for college students, it would also be highly usable by health professionals working in the aging field. Anyone desiring a better perspective of the significant aspects of maintaining health in the later years would enjoy this book. A quotation from one of the chapters from Robert Louis Stevenson, "old and young, we are all on our last cruise," aptly illustrates the universal applicability of this volume.
The 14 chapters are set up with several illustrations, cartoons, and quotations pertinent to the topic to enhance readability. Each chapter has introductory and summary paragraphs, plus a section of suggested discussion questions and activities and an extensive bibliography. The bibliographies dip a bit heavily into the 1970s for a book to remain useful in the 1 990s, but they include a broad variety of regional, national, and international journals, ranging from medical and nursing, as well as gerontology and general science periodicals. The index, with both subject and author indices, is extensive, indicative of the numerous references used throughout.
The primary emphasis of the author, who is affiliated with California State University at Chico, is on health in aging, including discussion of specific approaches to understanding the aging process, appropriate medication use, mental health approaches, nutritional care, physical exercise, and sexuality. The philosophical basis of the book is that each person is responsible for his own health more than anyone else, whether it be a family member or a health professional. Therefore, it behooves everyone to adopt healthy attitudes and behaviors early in life to prepare for a healthy old age.