By Alvin K. Swonger, Patricia M. Burbank
Collage of Rhode Island, Kingston.Handbook for nurses at the problems with drug treatment touching on the aged. comprises common ideas and particular drug cures.
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Drug Therapy and the Elderly is intended to serve that purpose. Page xvii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Drug Therapy and the Elderly began its life when Jan Wall of Jones and Bartlett Publishers approached us with the idea for a book devoted expressly to the issues of drug therapy that pertain to older persons. While many at Jones and Bartlett were instrumental in bringing this book to fruition, we want especially to acknowledge John Servideo, who skillfully edited the manuscript. Professor Burbank also wishes to thank Ruth Milbank for review and editorial comments on portions of the manuscript and Professor Swonger extends his appreciation to his department colleagues and Provost Beverly Swan, who supported his request for a sabbatical leave to work on the project.
Instead, happiness later in life seems to depend on happiness earlier in life. Personality in later life can generally be characterized as a continuation of earlier general approaches to life. Happiness and successful adjustment early in life seems to be predictive of happiness and adjustment in one's later years. Older people as a group are very heterogeneous. This means that there is wide variation among those who are over age 65. They are more dissimilar to each other than any other age group.
This is especially important in the case of drugs that are new or seldom used. Acquisitions Editor Jan Wall Production Editor Mary Cervantes Sanger Editorial Production Service John A. Servideo Manufacturing Buyer Dana L. Cerrito Typesetting Sunrise Composition Cover Design Hannus Design Associates Cover Printing Malloy Lithographing, Inc. Printing and Binding Malloy Lithographing, Inc. Printed in the United States of America 99 98 97 96 95 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Page v To all our friends and relatives who find themselves in their golden years Page vii CONTENTS Preface xv Acknowledgments xvii Part I GerontologyA Brief Overview Chapter 1 Biochemical and Physiological Characteristics of Aging 1 Why do we Age?