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Basic Geriatric Nursing

The bestselling LPN/LVN geriatric nursing textbook, Basic Geriatric Nursing, 5th Edition covers age-appropriate nursing interventions in a variety of health care settings. It includes the theories and concepts of aging, covers expected physiologic and psychosocial changes, and highlights delegation, coordinated care, end-of-life care, patient teaching, quality of life, safety, and home care. This edition is updated with the latest issues and trends in geriatric nursing, including changes to the health care system and demographics. Part of the popular LPN Threads series, Gloria Hoffman Wold's text provides a clear and compassionate introduction to geriatric care.


Published: September 2011

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09550-1


  • Unit One: Overview of Aging

    1. Trends and Issues

    2. Theories of Aging

    3. Physiologic Changes

    Unit Two: Basic Skills

    4. Health Promotion, Health Maintenance, and Home Health Considerations

    5. Communicating with Older Adults

    6. Maintaining Fluid Balance and Meeting Nutrition Needs

    7. Medications and Older Adults

    8. Health Assessment of Older Adults

    9. Meeting Safety Needs of Older Adults

    Unit Three: Psychosocial Care of the Elderly

    10. Cognition and Perception

    11. Self-Perception and Self-Concept

    12. Roles and Relationships

    13. Coping and Stress

    14. Values and Beliefs

    15. End-of-Life Care

    16. Sexuality and Aging

    Unit Four: Physical Care of the Elderly

    17. Care of Aging Skin and Mucous Membranes

    18. Elimination

    19. Activity and Exercise

    20. Sleep and Rest


    Appendix A: Laboratory Values for Older Adults

    Appendix B: The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)

    Appendix C: Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults

    Appendix D: Dietary Information for Older Adults

    Appendix E: Resources for Older Adults

    Bibliography and Reader References

    Illustration Credits



    Study Guide


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