The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers is a unique and invaluable source of information. This collection of over 600 entries provides in-depth coverage of cover various issues related to one's aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications, for seniors. The set will cover every major body system, focusing on issues specific to the aging body. These entries constitute over fifty percent of the work, and follow a standard format, including a definition, description, symptoms, treatment options, “questions to ask your doctor,” and more. Topics specific to the aging population, but beyond descriptions of medical diagnoses round out the set. Examples of this coverage include use of various adaptive devices and equipment, transportation issues, housing options, maintaining mental acuity, definitions and descriptions of the roles of different care givers (i.e. physical therapist, social worker, hospital discharge planner), nutrition and exercise guidelines, definitions of different types of medical insurance (i.e., private PPOs or HMOs vs. Medicare) and more.
It covers a wide variety of topics relevant to the user. Entries follow a standardized format that provides information at a glance. Rubrics include:
September 13, 2010