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
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"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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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.

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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