Action with the Elderly

Action with the Elderly

A Handbook for Relatives and Friends

1st Edition - January 1, 1978

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  • Author: Kenneth M. G. Keddie
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483154466

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Action with the Elderly: A Handbook for Relatives and Friends contains practical advice that will help the elderly citizens adjust in this mobile, technological, and rapidly changing society. This handbook describes the services it offers as complementing the qualities of a ""good doctor, the good priest, the good neighbor, and even the qualities of the good parent."" The text addresses the value of independence in old age, with some case studies to drive the point. The book explains rendering help in a personal way through visits, conversation, or reading; the text likewise offers tips on helping in practical ways such as cooking, memory compensation, and offers of appropriate and nourishing food. The book lists and explains other ways of caring such as maintenance of the home, appropriate health concerns, and communications. The text lists organizations and persons responsible for the elderly. The family doctor, voluntary organizations, and churches all contribute to the well-being of the elderly. The book then discusses the problems of the elderly such as psychological changes or bereavement. This handbook also offers advice on how to deal with serious mental disturbances, for example, depression, delirium, paranoia, or senility. This book will prove its worth to relatives, friends, caregivers, voluntary workers, social workers, religious ministers, and administrators of home for the aged institutions.

Table of Contents


  • List of Illustrations

    List of Photographs

    Foreword

    Editorial Introduction

    Publisher's Note

    1. Independence in Old Age

    The Blind Person

    After Hospital

    Fear of Attack

    2. Helping in a Personal Way

    Sympathy and Understanding

    Visiting

    That Personal Touch

    Conversation

    Leisure

    Reading

    Family

    3. Helping in a Practical Way

    General Aspects

    Compensating for Memory Difficulties

    Food

    Cooking by Gas

    Warmth

    Kitchen

    Bathroom

    Bedroom

    Money

    Legal Matters

    When Someone Dies

    4. Other Ways of Helping

    Preventing Falls and Fires

    Maintenance of House and Garden

    Security of the Home

    Pets

    Transport

    Getting Professional Help

    5. Health

    Taking Medicines

    Sleep

    Sex

    Eyes, Ears, Teeth and Feet

    Recovery from a Stroke

    Aids for the Disabled

    Control of Bladder and Bowel

    6. Communications

    Telephones

    Intercoms

    Alarm Systems

    7. Those Responsible for the Elderly

    Official Community Services

    Voluntary Community Services

    The Churches

    8. Problems of the Elderly

    Psychological Changes

    Retirement

    Bereavement

    Thinking about Alternative Accommodation

    9. Serious Mental Disturbances

    Depression

    Senility

    Delirium

    Paranoid Reactions

    Mania

    Legal Aspects of Treatment

    10. Visitor's Charter

    Acknowledgments

    Chapter Notes

    Further Reading

    Useful Local Addresses

    List of People Being Visited

    Appendix

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 180
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1978
  • Published: January 1, 1978
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483154466

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Kenneth M. G. Keddie

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