Self-care in Later Life

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Springer Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1998 - Family & Relationships
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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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Contents

1 The Patterns of SelfCare Among Older Adults in Western Industrialized Societies
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2 Dynamics and Processes of SelfCare in Old Age
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3 The Research Basis for the Design and Implementation of SelfCare Programs
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4 Evaluating Psychosocial Interventions for Promoting SelfCare Behaviors Among Older Adults
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Exploring the Theoretical Underpinnings of SelfCare
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6 The Role of Social Science Research in Understanding Technology Use Among Older Adults
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The Experience of Older Black Americans
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8 International Perspectives on SelfCare Research
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Toward a Research Agenda for Addressing the Potential of SelfCare in Later Life
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SelfCare in Later LifeAn Annotated Bibliography of Research Findings and Policy Issues
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Index
259
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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.

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, is professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, School of Rural Public Health (SRPH) at The Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station, Texas. As Director of the Program on Healthy Aging, she is committed to research and practice that enhances the health and well-being of older adults. In her role as director of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored Active for Life National Program Office, she is examining how evidence-based programs can be translated to community settings, expanding program research and sustainability. As part of this effort she has established a Learning Network to serve as the communications hub for the Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Initiative.

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