Physiotherapy with Older People

Physiotherapy with Older People, 1st Edition

Physiotherapy with Older People, 1st Edition,Barrie Pickles,Ann Compton,Cheryl Cott,Janet Simpson,Anthony Vandervoort,ISBN9780702019319

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Most of the people receiving physiotherapy are middle-aged or older, thus it is important for all physiotherapists to acquire the knowledge and skills particular to working with older people. The role of the physiotherapist is not restricted to reducing disability, but also encompasses the promotion of positive health, and Barrie Pickles and colleagues have taken the innovative approach of combining both of these aspects in this research-based, comprehensive textbook. Written by an international team of experts, the text is divided into the following sections:

Background to Aging

The Aging Process

Working with Older People

Management of Impairments and Disabilities

Handicaps of Aging

Integrated Case Management

Future Directions

Within these broad areas, the authors provide a thorough and readable introduction to the many complex and challenging issues that form part of or influence health care and health education for the older adult, including:

Posture and gait


Motor learning

Health promotion programs

Specific clinical problems, such as pain, stroke and incontinence

The book is written from a global perspective, the link between theory and practice is made both within each individual chapter and by means of helpful case studies. Students will find this attractively presented text a stimulating introduction to the theoretical background and principles of physiotherapy, practice older people.

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Barrie Pickles

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Ann Compton

MCSP, Grad Dip Phys, SRP

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Superintendent Community Physiotherapist, Southampton and South West Hants, and Course Leader, Postgraduate Diploma in Community Physiotherapy, Southampton Institute; Founder Chairman and Former Education Officer (now Honorary Life Member) Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in the Community

Cheryl Cott

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy/Centre for Studies of Aging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Janet Simpson

Affiliations and Expertise

Lady Youde Lecturer in the Rehabilitation of Elderly People, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK

Anthony Vandervoort

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Physiotherapy with Older People, 1st Edition

BACKGROUND to AGING SECTION- Demography of Aging and Disability. Attitudes Towards Aging and the Elderly. Cultural Differences in Aging. Health and Social Policies. The AGING PROCESS- Biological and Physiological Changes. Changes in Posture and Gait. Cognition and Learning. Motor Performance and Motor Learning. WORKING with OLDER PEOPLE- Effective Communication. Perceived Control and Learned Helplessness. Exercise and Activity Programs. Health Promotion. MANAGMENT of IMPAIRMENTS and DISABILITIES- Goal Setting. Instability and Falls. Osteoporosis. Incontinence. Stroke. Psychiatric Problems. Pain. Palliative Care. HANDICAPS of AGING- Aging with a Disability. Seniors andthe Disability Rights Movement. Housing Alternatives. Aids to Independence. Footwear Prescription. Ethical and Legal Issues. INTEGRATED CASE MANAGEMENT- Teamwork. Interdisciplinary Assessment. Institutional Services. Community Services. FUTURE DIRECTIONS- Future Directions. A Review Case.
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