Aging, communication, and health: linking research and by Mary Lee Hummert, Jon F. Nussbaum

By Mary Lee Hummert, Jon F. Nussbaum

This assortment highlights the present efforts through students and researchers to appreciate the getting older technique because it pertains to the future health of older adults. With contributions from foreign students in conversation, psychology, public future health, medication, nursing, and different parts, this quantity emphasizes verbal exchange as a serious study, schooling, coverage, and perform factor for the layout, provision, and review of healthiness and social prone for older adults. geared up into sections addressing conversation advancements within the healthcare area, matters in provider-patient conversation, and the relationships among relatives verbal exchange and overall healthiness. The chapters disguise serious subject matters with regards to winning getting older, resembling Alzheimer's affliction, controlled care and older adults, verbal exchange problems with critical dementia, and healthcare decision-making inside households. The editors have designed this quantity to be obtainable to a huge viewers, together with students and scholars of getting older and conversation, healthcare practitioners with older consumers, and getting older contributors and their households who're pursuing suggestions for profitable getting older. The chapters symbolize the top degrees of present scholarship on verbal exchange, getting older, and overall healthiness, offering a powerful beginning for destiny examine. every one contribution additionally addresses the utilized implications of this learn, delivering functional information to readers facing those concerns of their personal lives. As an entire, getting older, communique, and health and wellbeing represents an incredible enhance towards realizing the significance and alertness of communique for winning getting older.

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The final stage in Rogers' innovation-development process concerns the consequences of an innovation, defined by Rogers as "the changes that occur to an individual or to a social system as a result of the adoption or rejection of an innovation" (p. 150). Using technologies such as store-and-forward, the Internet, or interactive video conferencing to deliver health services to older persons will certainly impact those receiving and providing health services. Though it is too soon to have fully documented consequences, we conclude this chapter by briefly examining two categories of potential consequences, namely economic and communicative.

In their 1998 landmark book reporting the results of the 10-year MacArthur Foundation Study of Aging in America, physician John Rowe and psychologist Robert Kahn show that the answer is more complex. Successful aging, they argue, involves three interrelated components: "low risk of disease and disease-related disability; high mental and physical function; and active engagement with life" (p. 38). We might paraphrase this list to say that successful aging is healthy aging—healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy relationships.

The sensors monitor activities of daily living such as bathing, cooking, dressing, eating, and mobility and use of the stairs in the home. This system allows the therapist to note any deterioration of the patient's condition that may put the individual in an at-risk situation. Furthermore, by having the patient wear a sensor, the system is able to use simple algorithms to calculate the risk of the elderly person falling, allowing the health care staff to intervene before the fall takes place (Doughty & Cameron, 1998).

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