Functional Performance in Older Adults Basic Theory and Rehabilitation - Functional Performance in Older Adults Functional Performance in Older Adults, 2nd Edition, serves and the ideal resource of rehabilitation professionals who are working or preparing to work with older adults. Functional Performance in Older Adults describes the normal aging process and also shows how health and social factors can impede an aging individual's abilities. Review these key features:
Emphasizes intervention strategies that will maintain the older person's ability to perform the activities that give his or her life meaning.
Addresses self care, work, and leisure from the perspective of aging topics rarely addressed in gerontology textbooks
Coverage is from a multidisciplinary perspective and is equally balanced between theoretical and applied information
Chapters new to the second edition include theories of aging, sexuality, driving, wellness, and community based care. Part 1 of Functional Performance in Older Adults describes the normal aging process in terms of the experience of growing old as well as the components of a performance (e.g., sensory, cognitive) that are compromised in normal aging. The second part describes factors that contribute to dysfunction in older adults and discusses intervention strategies to maintain and improve functional performance of older individuals. Functional Performance in Older Adults provides an understanding of what it is that older individuals want to do, need to do, what facilitates accomplishment of those tasks and what interferes. This is accomplished by providing insight into the needs of older adults and their families and discussion of intervention that is effective and meaningful. Although written for health care providers, allied health care students and clinicians, particularly in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and recreational therapy, will find it most useful. The authors and multidisciplinary contributors are credible authorities in the subject of aging and function. Several tables, figures, and photographs of adequate quality illustrate and clarify text in each chapter. Extensive references provide resources that are pertinent and timely. A unique feature is the inclusion of introductory quotations that are insightful and relevant to each chapter. A list of objectives and review questions for each chapter and a glossary are extremely useful. Case examples are another means of translating theoretical concepts into real world application. Functional Performance in Older Adults offers a blending of theoretical concepts, practical assessment, and intervention strategies for improving the functional performance and quality of life of older individuals andtheir families. Although chapters are introductory in nature, experienced clinicians in geriatric practice would benefit from this resource. Given the textbook format of this publication, students and faculty would especially benefit from its use in undergraduate gerontology courses, especially in the field of occupational therapy. The health care industry is showing a growing interest in people's abilities to do everyday activities in their daily lives; research shows that older adults who can accomplish meaningful activities are relatively satisfied with their lives, regardless of their objective health. For these reasons, the work of therapists, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals whose focus is on quality of life has gained increasing importance. The editors (health sciences, Cleveland State U.) selected contributors from the US, Canada, and Australia who represent a variety of perspectives on the aging process, activities of older adults, factors contributing to dysfunction, intervention strategies, and special topics such as technology, driving, and the end of life. Chapters new to this edition include theories of aging, sexuality, wellness, and community based care. Bette R. Bonder, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio Marilyn B. Wagner, PhD, PT, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio Bonder, Bette R., PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (Cleveland State Univ); Wagner, Marilyn B., MA, PT (Cleveland State Univ)The contributors represent the specialties of occupational therapy, nursing management, gerontology, anthropology, social work, speech and hearing science, physical therapy, psychiatry, epidemiology, and psychology.