Self-care in Later Life: Research, Program, and Policy Issues

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Springer Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 267 pages
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"The doctor said that the surgery on my wife's cancer was a failure and that there was nothing more that they could do. I felt as if I was in a bad movie, and everything around me had come to a halt."
---James G., husband of a cancer victim

Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response are short term, problem-oriented, therapeutic interventions whose goal is to produce constructive change in the life situation of the client as quickly and directly as possible. Written in a lively and informative style, the authors present their successful General Crisis Response model for intervention. Using real life case examples, the authors encourage therapists to focus on clients' inner strengths rather than on pathologies that need to be "fixed," to help clients (like James G.) cope. The book is filled with exercises to develop techniques for building verbal and non-verbal skills, awareness of individual and cultural differences, and much more. A Crisis and Trauma Assessment checklist is included for effective therapeutic interventions, whether in your office or at a trauma site. The authors' down-to-earth approach to this topic will appeal to crisis intervention professionals as well as teachers and students.


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1 The Patterns of SelfCare Among Older Adults in Western Industrialized Societies
2 Dynamics and Processes of SelfCare in Old Age
3 The Research Basis for the Design and Implementation of SelfCare Programs
4 Evaluating Psychosocial Interventions for Promoting SelfCare Behaviors Among Older Adults
Exploring the Theoretical Underpinnings of SelfCare
6 The Role of Social Science Research in Understanding Technology Use Among Older Adults
The Experience of Older Black Americans
8 International Perspectives on SelfCare Research
Toward a Research Agenda for Addressing the Potential of SelfCare in Later Life
SelfCare in Later LifeAn Annotated Bibliography of Research Findings and Policy Issues

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Gordon H. DeFriese, PhD, is professor in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is former director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and was the founding director of the UNC Institute on Aging. He is the president and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, a public policy advisory body created by the North Carolina General Assembly to advise the governor, state government agencies, and the General Assembly on matters related to health.

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