The Merck Manual of Health & Aging book cover

The Merck Manual of Health & Aging

As more and more of the population live to old age, The Merck Manual to Health & Aging targets the growing need for a useful source of information about later life. With explanations of how the body ages, preventative medical care and good nutrition, common disorders in older adults and how to cope with disease, the book seeks to cover what other books on aging do not.

Audience
Geriatricians, Family practitioners

Hardbound, 992 Pages

Published: March 2005

Imprint: Merck Manuals

ISBN: 978-0-911910-36-0

Contents

  • Section 1
    FUNDAMENTALS OF AGING
    Age-Old Questions
    When Does a Person Become Old?
    Why Does the Body Change?
    Why Does Function Decline?
    How the Body Ages
    Eyes
    Ears
    Mouth and Nose
    Skin
    Bones and Joints
    Muscles and Body Fat
    Brain and Nervous System
    Heart and Blood Vessels
    Muscles of Breathing and the Lungs
    Digestive System
    Kidneys and Urinary Tract
    Reproductive Organs
    Endocrine System
    Immune System
    The Aging of America
    Finances
    Living Arrangements
    Disability and Disease
    Causes of Death
    Worldwide Aging

    Section 2
    CARING FOR SELF AND OTHERS
    Preventive Medical Care
    Goals of Prevention
    Tools of Prevention
    Healthy Lifestyle; Vaccines; Screening
    Maintaining Good Nutrition
    How Aging Affects Nutritional Needs; How
    Disorders and Drugs Change Nutritional Needs; Screening for Adequate Nutrition; Reading Food
    Labels
    Drugs and Aging
    Benefits and Risks; Reasons for Increased
    Risk; Maximizing Benefits, Reducing Risks; Remembering to Take Drugs; Nonprescription
    Drugs
    Complementary or Alternative Medicine
    Dietary Supplements
    Chiropractic
    Acupuncture
    Magnet Therapy
    Homeopathy
    Communicating With Health Care Practitioners
    Selecting a Primary Care Doctor
    Communicating With a New Primary Care Doctor
    Communicating During Subsequent Visits
    Continuity of Care
    What Can Interfere With Continuity?; Who Provides Care?; Where Is Care Provided?; How to Improve Continuity
    Understanding Medical Tests
    Types of Medical Tests; Uses of Medical Tests; Making Decisions About Tests; Challenges Faced by Older People; Questions to Ask the Doctor
    Specific Tests
    Hospital Care
    Going to the Emergency Department
    Being Admitted to the Hospital
    Problems Due to Hospitalization
    Implementing Preventive Strategies
    Being Discharged From the Hospital
    Undergoing Surgery
    Before an Operation
    At the Time of an Operation
    After an Operation
    Rehabilitation
    Treatment of Pain and Inflammation
    Physical Therapy
    Occupational Therapy
    Speech Therapy
    Rehabilitation for Specific Problems
    Heart Disorders; Stroke; Hip Surgery; Replacement of a Knee; Amputation of a Leg; Speech Disorders; Blindness; Hearing Loss
    Long-Term Care
    Retirement Communities; Assisted Living
    Communities; Board-and-Care Facilities; Life-Care Communities; Nursing Homes
    Caregiving
    Who Are Caregivers?; Rewards of
    Caregiving; Challenges in Caregiving; Getting Help
    Palliative and End-of-Life Care
    Reducing Suffering
    Retaining Control Over Decisions
    Palliative Care and Hospice Care
    Peace and Resolution

    Section 3
    MEDICAL CONDITIONS
    Nutritional Disorders
    Undernutrition
    Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
    Obesity
    Water and Electrolyte Balance
    Dehydration
    Overhydration
    Problems With Electrolyte Balance
    Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
    Hypothermia
    Hyperthermia
    Dizziness and Fainting
    Dizziness
    Fainting
    Falls
    Osteoporosis
    Fractures
    Hip Fractures
    Compression Fractures of the Spine
    Shoulder Fractures
    Wrist Fractures
    Pain
    Confusion
    Delirium
    Dementia
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    Vascular Dementia
    Lewy Body Dementia
    Stroke
    Nerve Disorders
    Trigeminal Neuralgia
    Postherpetic Neuralgia
    Neuropathies
    Postpolio Syndrome
    Movement Disorders
    Myoclonus
    Dystonia
    Tardive Dyskinesia and Akathisia
    Essential Tremor
    Parkinson’s Disease
    Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
    Shy-Drager Syndrome
    Sleep
    Changes in Sleep Patterns With Aging; Physical and Mental Health Disorders
    Affecting Sleep
    Insomnia
    Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
    Limb Movement Disorders
    Sleep Apnea
    REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
    Circadian Rhythm Disorders
    Other Sleep Disorders
    Mental Health Disorders
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Psychosis
    Thyroid Disorders
    Hypothyroidism
    Hyperthyroidism
    Thyroid Nodules
    Diabetes Mellitus
    Skin Disorders
    Dry Skin
    Itching
    Rosacea
    Seborrheic Dermatitis
    Shingles
    Pressure Sores
    Venous Ulcers
    Eye Disorders
    Cataract
    Glaucoma
    Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    Diabetic Retinopathy
    Disruptions of Blood Supply
    Retinal Tears and Detachment
    Disorders of Tear Production
    Eyelid Disorders
    Hearing and the Ear
    Hearing Loss
    Tinnitus
    Earwax
    Nose and Throat Disorders
    Rhinitis
    Sinusitis
    Voice Disorders
    Mouth and Dental Disorders
    Tooth Decay
    Periodontal Disease
    Dry Mouth
    Tooth Loss
    Burning Mouth Syndrome
    Mouth Sores
    Foot Disorders
    Corns and Calluses
    Bunion
    Hammer Toe
    Heal or Arch Pain
    Onychauxis and Onychogryphosis
    Onychomycosis
    Arthritis
    Osteoarthritis
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Gout
    Pseudogout
    Infectious Arthritis
    Temporal Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    High Blood Pressure
    Blood Vessel Disorders
    Atherosclerosis
    Peripheral Arterial Disease
    Aortic Dissection
    Aneurysms
    Varicose Veins
    Superficial Thrombophlebitis
    Deep Vein Thrombosis
    Coronary Artery Disease
    Heart Failure
    Abnormal Heart Rhythms
    Premature Beats
    Atrial Flutter and Atrial Fibrillation
    Ventricular Tachycardia
    Ventricular Fibrillation
    Sinus Bradycardia and Sick Sinus Syndrome
    Heart Block
    Heart Valve Disorders
    Aortic Stenosis
    Aortic Regurgitation
    Mitral Stenosis
    Mitral Regurgitation
    Blood Disorders
    Anemia
    Low Platelet Count
    Clotting Disorders
    Thrombocythemia
    Polycythemia Vera
    Myelofibrosis
    Finding and Living With Cancer
    Screening
    Recognizing the Warning Signs
    Confirming the Diagnosis and Staging
    Guidelines for Treatment
    Living With Cancer
    Cancers
    Breast Cancer
    Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
    Colorectal Cancer
    Lung Cancer
    Mouth, Head, and Neck Cancers
    Multiple Myeloma.
    Prostate Cancer
    Skin Cancer
    Vulvar Cancer
    Pneumonia and Influenza
    Pneumonia
    Influenza
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Swallowing and Reflux Disorders
    Dysphagia
    Gastroesophageal Reflux
    Bowel Movement Disorders
    Constipation
    Diarrhea
    Fecal Incontinence
    Urinary Tract Infections
    Urinary Incontinence
    Female Genital and Sexual Disorders
    Inflammation of the Vulva and Vagina
    Vulvar Pain
    Skin Disorders of the Vulva
    Vaginal Bleeding
    Pelvic Support Disorders
    Decreased Sexual Drive
    Male Genital and Sexual Disorders
    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
    Prostatitis
    Inguinal Hernia
    Erectile Dysfunction
    Decreased Sex Drive
    Retrograde Ejaculation
    Exercise
    Why Exercise?.
    Starting to Exercise
    Types of Exercise
    Exercise for People With a Disorder: Arthritis; Coronary Artery Disease; Dementia; Diabetes; Disabilities; Heart Failure; Lung Disorders; Parkinson’s Disease; Peripheral Arterial Disease; Stroke

    Section 4
    SOCIAL, LEGAL, AND ETHICAL ISSUES
    Coping With Change
    Life-Changing Events
    Retirement; Losing a Loved One; Changes in Living Arrangements
    Staying Connected
    Driving
    Crash Rates and Traffic Violations
    The Reasons for Problems
    Ways of Compensating
    A Driving Decision
    Intimacy
    Intimacy and Long-Term Relationships
    Intimacy and Dating
    Intimacy and Sex
    Intimacy and Dementia
    Intimacy and Families
    Intimacy and Privacy
    Intimacy in Gay Relationships
    Intimacy in Other Relationships
    Mistreatment
    Types of Mistreatment; Prevention of Mistreatment; Responding to Mistreatment
    Understanding Legal and Ethical Issues
    Informed Consent
    Confidentiality
    Capacity
    Competency
    Advance Directives
    Living Will; Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
    Surrogates
    Paying for Health Care
    Medicare
    Medicaid
    Private Insurance
    Understanding Managed Care
    APPENDIXES
    Drug Names: Generic and Trade
    Resources for Help and Information
    INDEX

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