Cultural Gerontology Edited by Lars Andersson; 2002; Westpoint, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group; 240 pages; hard cover; $65.95
Cultural Gerontology might better be tided "The Culture of Gerontology." It is a collection of chapters by various authors with topics ranging from the growth of gerontology as a discipline to body images of older adults. The tide implies the book will deal with gerontology and various cultures in American society - how best to interact with older adults from different sociological and ethnic backgrounds. It does fulfill that expectation, but focuses on the development of gerontology as a study.
The chapters on body talk, body memories, and the bodywork of care are especially relevant to health care providers in institutional and home care settings. They provide information on reactions to physical care, such as bathing, which is highly useful to those physically caring for older adults or to those teaching how to provide care. Although I might not keep this book in my personal library, the final chapters aie a good resource for gerontological nurses.