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By Meredith Wallace

Necessities of Gerontological Nursing offers the simplest practices had to deal with older adults. Its short, but entire, clutch of concerns in elder care is a clean addition to the present literature, that's almost always excited by idea than on medical perform. Designed essentially for college students in gerontological nursing classes in BSN and graduate courses, the ebook offers: crucial medical details and "best practices" had to deal with older adults present study and new sufferer methods in gerontological nursing Overviews of infrequently mentioned concerns, resembling elder abuse, cultural issues, and reticence possible choices scientific requisites and functional purposes content material designed to slot right into a one-semester path necessities of Gerontological Nursing is every little thing the nursing pupil must be aware of while taking care of older adults.

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Biological theories explain that the reason people age and die is because of changes in the human body. Psychological theories support the idea that an older adult’s life ends when they have reached all of their developmental milestones. For example, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states that a person’s final stage is self-actualization. From a psychological viewpoint, once an older adult reaches self-actualization, they approach the end of life. Moral/spiritual theories support the idea that once an older individual finds spiritual wholeness, this transcends the need to inhabit a body, and they die.

An adaptation of this theory is commonly known as programmed senescence theory. This theory states that while the aging process is dependent on genetic make-up, there is an ordered switching on and off of certain genes. The aging process, according to programmed senescence theory, begins when age-associated deficits are manifested. For example, aging could be thought to begin when an adult develops hip pain as the early sign of osteoarthritis. Further expansion of genetic theories known as longevity and senescence theory are currently being researched.

Continued employment in older adulthood fills many needs. These needs are physical, psychological, social, and financial. For example, continued work helps to provide extra income and socialization. As of January 1, 2000, Social Security recipients age 65 through 69 can earn as much as they wish and still receive their full Social Security benefits. Prior to this legislation being passed, individuals age 65 through 69 had $1 deducted from their Social Security benefit for every $3 they earned (Hogstel, 2001).

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