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Geriatric Rehabilitation.

Geriatric Rehabilitation

Geriatric Rehabilitation. Bryan Kemp, Ph.D., Kenneth Brummel-Smith, M.D., and Joseph W. Ramsdell, M.D., editors. College-Hill Press/Little, Brown and Company, 34 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108. 476 pages. Hardcover, $45.00.

Historically, rehabilitation has focused on the young. It began with injured young workers and veterans. However, at that time life expectancy was only 50 to 55 years and what older disabled people there were did not receive a lot of attention. Today, things are different. The older population has swelled to about 12 percent of the population and is still going up; disability rates are very high, and over 30 percent of all health care expenditures are for services to older people. Rehabilitation offers one of the most viable alternatives to health care that can both improve functioning of disabled people and better spend existing dollars.

This book is organized into five parts. Part I provides an overview of some of the broad issues in rehabilitation. Part II focuses on current concepts of care for some of the most prevalent physical conditions affecting the elderly population. Part III, which is rightfully the longest, addresses a number of ways in which functioning can be improved. These chapters range from developments in technology to assisting families. Part IV focuses on the issue of how rehabilitation oriented services can be organized in a variety of different settings, from the private office to the rehabilitation hospital. Part V looks at special issues in rehabilitation, including ethics and policy concerns.
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Publication:American Rehabilitation
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 22, 1989
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