In an ageing society, the health and well-being of older people has become a primary focus of concern for government, policy makers and practitioners. With moves towards greater integration of health and social care services, there is a need for improved understanding of the importance and benefits of a person-centred, holistic approach to work in these fields.
This accessible text, the produce of a collaborative venture between older people's groups and academics, provides students, academics and practitioners across a wide range of health and social care professions, including, nursing, social work, social care and gerontology, with a guide to understanding the value of this approach.
"This is what is clearly needed: a bridge between people's experiences and thoughts across the multiple divides of services, policy and life's practicalities and unforseen changes ... a highly readable text." Community Care
"... should guide both academics and practitioners into ways of translating theory into more practical approaches to working with older people. This book is a very valuable read." Ageing & Society
"The holistic view of ageing, health and social care advocated in this book is increasingly important given the interdisciplinarity of policy and practice in these fields. The book will have a wide appeal to academics and students as well as to those who work with older people." Judith Phillips, School of Social Relations, Keele University
Jan Reed and David Stanley are Directors of the Centre for Care of Older People, Northumbria University. Charlotte Clarke is Professor of Nursing Practice Development Research, School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University.
Contents: Introduction: The knowledge basis for working with older people; Ideas and models of growing older; Attitudes and images; The body growing older; The lived environment; Memory: self, relationship and society; Older people, sexuality and intimacy; Living in families and communities; Money and financial resources in later life; Safety and risk; Service, satisfaction and service-user involvement; Issues for discussion and practice.