Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Home Care for Our Elders, Ann Cason (2001), Shambhala Publications, Inc., 300 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02115, (888) 424-2329, $14.95, www.shambhala.com. Ann Cason shares her personal experiences as a geriatric care manager and reveals how all elders can be cared for at home. The first half of the book takes caregivers step-by-step through the processes of assessment, attainment, delivery and continuation of in-home services. The second section is a series of case studies, or “Care Studies,” in which Ann shares the personal stories of families and the challenges these families overcame.
Understanding Dementia: A Primer of Diagnosis and Management, Kenneth Rockwood, M.D. and Chris MacKnight, M.D. (2001), Pottersfield Press Ltd., 83 Leslie Rd., East Lawrencetown, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B2Z 1P8, (902) 827-4517, $39.00, www.pottersfieldpress.com. The authors wrote this text specifically for primary care physicians. The book is laid out as a series of office visits with detailed steps leading the physician through the process of diagnosis to ongoing disease management. Case studies serve to clarify both the diagnostic process and the differentiation of the various types of dementia. Rockwood and MacKnight make a point of integrating the family caregiver into both the diagnostic and treatment phases.
Grandparents as Carers of Children with Disabilities, edited by Philip McCallion and Mathew Janicki (2000), The Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice St., Binghamton, NY 13904-1580, (800)429-6784, $24.95, www.HaworthPressInc.com. [Note: This book was simultaneously published as Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Vol. 33, No. 3.] Grandparents caring for children with disabilities are frequently placed in the caregiving role at a time when their own resources and health have diminished. The studies in this volume begin to elucidate the unique challenges and needs of this community. What is also made clear is that services to meet the needs of the grandparents and their disabled grandchildren are lacking or uncoordinated.
Advancing Aging Policy as the 21st Century Begins, edited by Francis G. Caro, Robert Morris, and Jill R. Norton (2000), Haworth Press, Inc., 10 Alice St., Binghamton, NY 13904-1580, (800) 429-6784, $24.95, www.HaworthPressInc.com. This compilation of essays offers a diverse look at short-term goals to advance aging policy. The essays cover a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from solving the looming financial crises of publicly funded programs – such as Social Security and Medicare – to examining the role of advocacy organizations in shaping public policy. While the editors address domestic policy issues, they also strive to incorporate international perspectives.
The Buck Stops Nowhere: Why America’s Healthcare is All Dollars and No Sense, Kathleen O’Connor (2001), Hara Publishing Group, P.O. Box 19732, Seattle, WA, 98109, (800) 461-1931, $13.95. This self-described “Cliff Notes” for health care reform is both easy to read and easy to digest. The discussion focuses on the economics of health care and describes the many forces pitted against each other as our health care delivery system modernizes in a climate of cost cutting and controlled growth. Highlights include such shocking statistics as the World Health Organization’s ranking of the United States as 37th in terms of the overall performance of our healthcare system.
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