Public Health and Aging
Current issues in the public health arena have challenged the system to broaden its traditional focus on infectious disease to include chronic disease as well. As this change in emphasis takes place, professionals must be prepared to address the special chronic health concerns of older people living in the community. This textbook meets the training needs of those professionals.
Public Health and Aging examines the role of public health in the planning, coordination, and delivery of health promotion and disease prevention services to older people living outside of institutional settings. Here, experts in the areas of health care policy and care of aged persons analyze the scientific basis for the practice of public health in an increasingly aging society. Reviewing a wide range of the social, cultural, financial, and environmental factors that influence the health experiences of older population groups, the authors delve into the epidemiology of age-related chronic illnesses, program development, methodological issues, data collection and analysis, strategies for intervention, and ethics. From outlines for community-based program planning and development to discussions about the future challenges for health care systems and services, this book is an ideal reference for gerontology, public policy, and public health professionals and professionals in training.
About the Authors
Tom Hickey is professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. Marjorie A. Speers is deputy associate director for science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Thomas R. Prohaska is associate professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
The strength of this book lies in the wisdom and stature of its authors. Included are contributions from some of the most knowledgeable and respected figures in the fields of public health and aging services....a very useful text for students in public health or a guide for public health faculty.
Pulling together experts with diverse backgrounds in public health and aging, Public Health and Aging is the first book in nearly ten years to take such a comprehensive public health approach to the evaluation of care for the aging members of our society. The book is a 'who's who' in the field and promises to be a classic textbook in the areas of aging and public health.
A helpful chronology takes the reader through the war day by day.
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