This new reference provides the nurse with practical information on health conditions that typically affect geriatric patients - from Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and diabetes to hip fracture, incontinence, and Parkinson's disease. It also reviews the normal physiologic deficits associated with aging, such as vision and hearing impairments; pharmacodynamic changes in aging; and such timely issues as elder abuse, advance directives, living wills, assisted living, pain control, Medicare, and end-of-life care. Throughout the text, the nurse will find clinical alerts, teaching aids, charting guides, healthful living recommendations, alternative therapies, and more to guide care. Scores of illustrations visually reinforce key points.
Understanding the Geriatric Population Tailoring your Assessment Maintaining Physical Health Meeting Mental and Emotional Needs Reducing the Risk of Falls Managing Ear and Eye Problems Managing Cardiovascular Problems Managing Respiratory Problems Managing Neurologic Problems Managing Musculoskeletal Problems Managing Urinary Tract Problems Managing Cancer Managing Diabetes Responding to Drug And Alcohol Abuse Detecting Elder Abuse and Neglect Administering and Monitoring Medications Guiding Bladder and Bowel Retraining Providing Skin and Wound Care Controlling Chronic Pain Addressing Legal and Ethical Concerns Understanding End-of-Life Issues Appendices Inde