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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52

Comprehensive Textbook of Elderly Care


Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication27-Jan-2015

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Akanksha Tomar
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/2394-7438.150070

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Book: Comprehensive Textbook of Elderly Care

Author: Dr. Amarjeet Singh, Dr. Sukhpal Kaur, Dr. Jugal Kishore

Publisher: Century Publications, New Delhi

Year: 2014; Pages: 435

ISBN: 978-81-88132-52-2







As very appropriately mentioned by the author, rather than boasting of increased life span through advancement of medical services, it is important as well to concern for the dignity of those added years. This book gives a holistic approach over the various aspects of elderly care very comprehensively yet concisely covered in 51 chapters. Not only the physical problems from the viewpoint of the clinicians are dealt with but also some sensitive issues such as elderly abuse, palliative care, and euthanasia are equally stressed upon. Authored by more than 60 experts with diverse interests, the book covers all the facets of elderly care. One of the outstanding features of the book is that each chapter is contributed by the expertise in the concerned field whether from a clinical discipline, public health, nursing professional or yoga, and spiritual personalities.

The introductory chapters set the stage for the importance of the issues covered throughout the book. Demographic and the current status of geriatric health care in India give the readers an insight over the issue of geriatric care. Next two chapters portray the physiology and genetics of senescence and elucidate application and impact of gene therapy on diseases specific to old age.

In next 14 chapters, readers will be well-versed with the varied clinical aspects of geriatric medicine. Chapters 5-11 very well cover all the relevant medical issues be it general health assessment, orthopedic problems, visual concerns, ears, nose, and throat problems or dermatological care accompanied by the colored  Atlas More Details of skin lesions which are hard to identify otherwise. Special needs of the care for those suffering from debilitating disorders or undergoing a transition into postmenopausal phase is also given crucial concern. Mental health and psychological aspects are covered in the next five chapters. Senility as considered to be the age of retirement in most of the societies, often lead one to be a neglected part of the family. It is very essential on the part of caregiver to realize the emotional needs of the elderly, which has shifted their role as the cornerstone to a dependent unit.

In the changing Indian scenario, shift from the joint family to a nuclear one, emphasize the need for self-care. Relevance of self-care increases in case of diseased elderly and those leading a life of loneliness. The concepts of self-care education, rehabilitation, active ageing, aged friendly city or aged friendly hospitals will orient the reader to the peculiar needs of this vulnerable segment of the population. Advancement in technology enables the elderly to cherish a self-dependent life. The chapter on assistive and enabling devices and the comprehensive listing of these devices will immensely help the health professionals and caregivers too to be aware of such technologies and facilitating their elderly ones.

Attention is drawn not only to health care aspects but also the social aspects such as insurance and finances, social support by private sector or the non-governmental organizations, spiritual and philosophical dimension of ageing. The authors bring to the notice of the reader the initiatives taken by the Government of India for elderly care and the comparison between the concerned policies in developed versus developing countries shows what needs to be done so as to ensure a dignified or socially acceptable life for our aged generation.

Authors must be congratulated for this coordinated venture that I am sure will help to reinforce the distinguished efforts in the field of geriatric care. It will certainly be liked by not only the scholars of geriatric medicine but all the caregivers for elderly be it any sense like domestic caregivers, those involved in institutional care like old age homes or providing social security for elderly and many others involved in the field directly or indirectly. In the upcoming field of geriatric medicine in India, this will surely prove to be a "must have" resource for all those involved in geriatric care.




 

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