Self Care in Later Life: Research, Program, and Policy Issues

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Gordon H. DeFriese, Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH
Springer Publishing Company, Mar 1, 1998 - Social Science - 267 pages

"This volume is uncontestably the most comprehensive and authoritative work on the subject of self-care available to date. It should set the stage for a new policy perspective on building a health care system that incorporates self-care at its core."--Lowell S. Levin, Yale School of Public Health

Practitioners and researchers who work with older adults are challenged to find ways to strengthen an elderly person's capacity to cope wiht age-related changes that threaten independence.

This volume assesses the efficacy of self-care in maintaining autonomy. It applies a broad definition of self-care that includes a range of behaviors undertaken by individuals, families, and communities to enhance health, prevent disease, limit illness, and restore health.


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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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