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Functional Performance in Older Adults, 3rd Edition

The contributors represent diverse disciplines, however their messages create a coherent, integrated work of universal interest and application. I highly recommend the use of this text for allied health students who are studying geriatric rehabilitation and for clinicians who wish to renew their knowledge.”—Carole Knight, MEd, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy in Health Care Journal, Volume 16, Number 2/3 February 2003, review of the 2nd Edition.

The ideal resource for rehabilitation professionals who are working with or preparing to work with older adults! It describes the normal aging process, illustrates how health and social factors can impede an aging person’s abilities, and demonstrates how to develop mechanisms for maximizing the well-being of older adults.

This book starts with a complete history of aging, based on available literature, including the bible as well as Greek, Indian and Celtic myth. As the book continues the chapters cover the theories of aging, meaningful occupations in later life, what normal aging looks like and what happens when there are interruptions in function. It talks about the impact of many diseases and disabilities that usually accompany aging and discusses treatment options. It is a great book for any healthcare practitioner.

Additionally, this is an excellent text. It is not overly large, ok to fit in a backpack, easy to read on the bus. It also has matte pages, so they’re easy to turn and to read (after struggling with a book with a lot of glare that was overly glossy, reading this one is a dream.) It’s well written and to the point..

The chapter on theories of aging is extraordinarily crowded but gives decent descriptions. I question the functional use of such specific knowledge, but I guess it’s good to have… The rest of the text is written in “English” and is easy to read and digest.

I just finished my older adult programming courses and fieldwork, and this text provided me the resources I required to contextualize occupational performance issues within the framework of older adults’ possible roles and functioning.

The book does a very good job at getting its point across, although it is often unnecessarily wordy and somewhat hard to follow. Overall though, it does give a very good description and lays out a wonderful picture of occupational therapy care in older adults.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; 3 edition (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803616880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803616882
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches

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