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Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions, Fifth Edition

Saxon PhD, Sue V.; Etten EdD GNP FT , Mary Jean; Perkins PhD RNMH, Dr. Elizabeth A.

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"[This book] has been honed into an elegant compendium. This outstanding work should be widely read -- it is perhaps the best example of an integrative approach to gerontology." Score: 94, 4 stars

--Doody's

This book serves as an authoritative textbook and guide to the physical changes and common pathologies associated with the aging process, with special emphasis on the psychological and social implications of these changes in the lives of older adults. This fifth edition presents the newly available research findings that differentiate "normal" aging from actual pathology.

The authors provide a thoroughly updated and expanded review of important topics in aging, including death and grieving, complementary and alternative therapies, nutrition, exercise, and much more. The book also demonstrates how the elderly population can gain greater personal control over aging through lifestyle modifications and preventive health strategies.

Key topics introduced and discussed:

  • Psychosocial theories of aging
  • Changes and disorders in the skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems
  • Dementia, delirium, and mild cognitive impairment
  • Aging in persons with lifelong disabilities

This volume serves as a comprehensive textbook for students studying to become health care professionals, and is also a fundamental resource for gerontologists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, clergy, and counselors.

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Sue V. Saxon, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology and Counseling from Florida State University and had additional graduate work at the University of Wisconsin in Physiological Psychology. She was a Research Psychologist for the National Institutes of Health and the Laboratory of Perinatal Physiology, University of Puerto Rico Medical School before joining the faculty in Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Florida. As a charter faculty member in the Aging Studies program she developed and taught numerous courses in aging as well as presenting workshops, in-service training, and authoring a number of books and chapters in books on aging. She has been designated a Gerontological Pioneer for outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of Gerontology by the Southern Gerontological Society.

Mary Jean Etten Ed.D has been a Tenured Full Professor in the College of Nursing at St. Petersburg College where she taught nursing, gerontology, thanatology, and developed innovative curriculum teaching hospice care and gerontological nursing. She is currently an adjunct lecturer in Thanatology in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Etten attained a Doctoral degree in Education at Nova Southeastern University, an M.A. in Gerontology, M.A. in Counseling and an M.S. in Nursing from the University of South Florida and is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She is a Fellow in Thanatology and is Board Certified as a Music Practitioner. She has authored several books and manuals as well as journal articles and lectures throughout the United States. Dr. Etten helped found Suncoast Hospice 33 years ago, and is active on several boards and committees in leadership roles in Hospice and with the Institute for Healing through Sound and Music. She was named Florida Nurse Educator of the Year in 2002, and also received the National Association of Gerontology in Higher Education Part-time Faculty Recognition award. In 2004 she received the Sue V. Saxon Outstanding Teaching Award, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, for her outstanding teaching in Thanatology.

Elizabeth Perkins Ph.D(c), RNMH, is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida, where she also completed a BA in Psychology. In addition, Ms. Perkins is an RNMH from the Hereford and Worcester College of Nursing and Midwifery, England - a registered nurse who is trained specifically to care for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Her clinical nursing and managerial experience includes both the general aging population, and persons with IDD in nursing home and residential long-term care settings. She teaches Physical Change and Aging at the University of South Florida, where she has twice received awards for her outstanding teaching.

Ms. Perkins' national leadership activities include being the current President of the Gerontology Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is also the present Co-convener of the Formal Interest Group on Developmental Disabilities for the Gerontological Society of America. Her research is focused on quality of life issues for aging adults with IDD and their caregivers. In 2006 she was awarded the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship, cosponsored by Johnson & Johnson and the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, in recognition of her work in this area.

About the Author:

Sue V. Saxon, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Gerontology (2002), University of South Florida, Tampa. She is author of Pain Management Strategies for the Elderly, co-author of Psychosocial Rehabilitative Programs for Older Adults, and has written chapters for Essentials of Gerontological Nursing. Her articles have appeared in several journals including The Gerontologist, Journal of Women and Aging, Experimental Neurology, and Journal of Genetic Psychology. Dr. Saxon was designated a Gerontological Pioneer for outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of Gerontology by the Southern Gerontological Society, 2005.



Mary Jean Etten, EdD, FT, ARNP, is Adjunct Professor in Thanatology, School of Aging Studies, and Faculty, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies, University of South Florida. Dr. Etten is a pioneer in the development of course study and Model Program Development in Hospice Care, Loss and Grief Counseling, and Exercise for Older Adults, among other topics concerning the older adult, death and dying, and living. She is co-author with Dr. Saxon of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs for Older Adults. She has been distinguished with several recent awards, including Outstanding Teaching Award in the Fields of Gerontology and Thanatology, University of South Florida, School of Aging Studies (2004), AGHE Recognition Honor (2003), and Florida Nurse Educator of the Year (2002). The Dr. Mary Jean Etten Center for Caring Building, Suncoast Hospice, Clearwater, Florida was dedicated in 2012.



Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNMH, FAAIDD, is Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, at the University of South Florida (USF). She has a PhD in Aging Studies from the School of Aging Studies at USF. Dr. Perkins is also an RNMH (a registered nurse in the field of developmental disabilities) who trained at the Hereford and Worcestershire College of Nursing and Midwifery, England. She has published numerous journal articles and was recently the guest editor of the Special Issue on Aging and End-of-Life for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Perkins is a Fellow and current member of the Board of Directors of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and has previously served as the Gerontology Division President for AAIDD, and Co-convener of the Special Interest Group on Lifelong Disabilities for the Gerontological Society of America.



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