Improving the health of older people: a world view

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Published on behalf of the World Health Organization by Oxford University Press, 1990 - Medical - 703 pages
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This book examines the worldwide growth of elderly populations and its consequences for future care, and the associated costs for this sector of the population. Living a longer life does not necessarily imply an improvement in the quality of life. Important issues concerning the overall quality of additional years gained through increase in life expectancy are addressed in this book. Progress in specific dimensions of wellbeing are described. Recent gains in knowledge are reviewed, together with advances in our understanding of falls, sensory disorders, mental health in old age, osteoporosis, incontinence, drug therapy and iatrogenic disorders. The book extends outside medical care to encompass the family, which is the key issue in developing countries, community care, nursing home and hospice care; health care services that are particularly appreciated by older people are described. It will provide readers with a knowledge base for developing policies and programs that will advance the wellbeing of the elderly people of the world.

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Robert Kane, MD, currently holds an endowed chair in Long-term Care and Aging, directs the Center on Aging and the Minnesota Geriatric Education Center and co-directs the University's Clinical Outcomes Research Center. He also directs an AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Center. He was the Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health from 1985-1990.