Ebersole and Hess' Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging, 3rd Edition

Ebersole and Hess' Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging, 3rd Edition


With a strong focus on health and wellness, this gerontological nursing text offers you a holistic perspective to caring for older adults. Designed to facilitate the healthiest adaptation possible, this text identifies potential problems that may occur and the means to address complications, alleviate discomfort, and help older adults lead healthy lives. Disease processes are discussed in the context of healthy adaptation, nursing support, and nursing responsibilities to help you gain an understanding of your clients’ experience.
  • Focus on health and wellness establishes a positive perspective to aging.
  • Careful attention to age, cultural, and gender differences are integrated throughout to help you understand these important considerations when caring for older adults.
  • Healthy aging strategies maximize the healthiest behaviors of clients with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Consistent chapter organization includes learning objectives, research, and study questions/activities to make information easy to find and use.
  • Incorporates assessment guidelines throughout provide useful tools for practice.
  • End-of-chapter activities and discussion questions help you expand your knowledge and understanding of the content.
  • Resource lists provide you with additional means to explore ways to care for the older adult.
  • Incorporates the core competencies identified by the AACN and the Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
  • Healthy People 2010 boxes assist you in integrating knowledge about healthy aging considerations.
  • Evidence-Based Practice boxes summarize research findings that confirm effective practices or identify practices with unknown, ineffective, or harmful effects.
  • Expanded sexuality-related content includes older adults living with AIDS and STDs.
  • Genetics section reflects the emergence of the role of genetics in gerontological assessment.
Section 1: Foundations of Healthy Aging

1. Introduction to Healthy Aging

2. Gerontological Nursing History, Education, and Roles

3. Communicating with Elders

4. Culture and Aging

5. Documentation for Optimal Care

Section 2: Changes of Aging

6. Theories and Physical Changes of Aging

7. Social, Psychological, Spiritual, and Cognitive Aspects of Aging

8. Nutritional Needs

9. Fluids and Continence

10. Rest, Sleep, and Activity

11. Promoting Healthy Skin and Feet

12. Maintaining Mobility and Environmental Safety

13. Assessment Tools in Gerontological Nursing

14. Safe Medication Use for Older Adults

Section 3: Coping with Chronic Disorders in Late life

15. Living with Chronic Illness

16. Pain and Comfort

17. Diabetes Mellitus

18. Bone and Joint Problems

19. Diseases Affecting Vision and Hearing

20. Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders

21. Cognitive Impairment

Section 4: Caring for Elders and Their Caregivers

22. Economic and Legal Issues

23. Relationships, Roles, and Transitions

24. Mental Health and Wellness in Late Life

25. Loss, Grief, Dying, and Death in Late Life

26. Care Across the Continuum
Theris A. Touhy, DNP, CNS, DPNAP, Emeritus Professor
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida and Kathleen F Jett, PhD, GNP-BC, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA


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