Encyclopedia of Health and Aging
- Kyriakos S. Markides - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
Gerontology | Health Care and Aging (General) | Health Psychology
This one-volume encyclopedia presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts on health and aging. The 250 entries and relevant appendices cover: biological; psychological; social; and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within health-care systems.
As an ever increasing percentage of the population of western societies enters `old age', health issues grow in importance in terms of the well-being of this population, economic impact within the health-care system, impacts on families and family relationships and in so many other ways.
The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging covers issues including:
- acute illness;
- Alzheimer's disease;
- health care costs;
- health promotion;
- hospice care;
- long-term care;
- managed care;
- nursing homes;
- optimal aging;
- Parkinson's disease;
- public policy;
- `quality of life';
- sexual function;
- sleep disturbances;
- spousal care-giving;
Also included are landmark studies: Duke Longitudinal Study of Aging; Framingham Heart Study; MacArthur Study of Successful Aging; Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE); Health and Retirement Study (HRS); and National Long-Term Care Survey, as well as important social and health programmes including: social security, `meals on wheels' and Medicaid/Medicare.
The Encyclopedia of Health and Aging is cross-disciplinary, with contributions from the fields of: gerontology; epidemiology; health psychology; biology; sociology; health and medicine; and public policy.
"This is a ready reference tool for those studying health and aging in the United States and abroad. The "Reader's Guide" at the start organizes the entries by key themes to help users navigate the set more efficiently. Bottom Line with entries contributed by a wide range of experts in the areas of biology, psychology, sociology, and economics as related to health and aging, this resource will prove useful to anyone working with the aging population-even the layperson with a basic understanding of some of the more complicated terminology. As such, it should be acquired by any library serving those working with the elderly."
"This resource will prove useful to anyone working with the aging population. As such, it should be acquired by any library serving those working with the elderly."
"Encyclopedia of Healing and Aging is an important and core addition to professional, academic, governmental, and community library Health and Aging reference collections."