Centers For Ending: The Coming Crisis In The Care Of Aged People by Seymour B. SarasonCenters For Ending: The Coming Crisis In The Care Of Aged People by Seymour B. Sarason

Centers For Ending: The Coming Crisis In The Care Of Aged People

bySeymour B. Sarason

Paperback | August 4, 2011

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As people live longer and health care costs continue to rise and fewer doctors choose to specialize in geriatrics, how prepared is the United States to care for its sick and elderly? According to veteran psychologist Seymour Sarason's eloquent and compelling new book, the answer is: inadequately at best. And rarely discussed among the grim statistics is the psychosocial price paid by nursing home patients, from loneliness and isolation to depression and dependency.

InCenters for Ending, Dr. Sarason uses his firsthand experience as both practitioner and patient in senior facilities to reveal wide-ranging professional and moral issues affecting this seemingly familiar terrain. Insensitive medical personnel, poorly trained nurses and aides, indifferent administrators, and a prevailing culture content with treating "bodies" instead of human beings are identified as contributing factors. Drawing on America's rich history of large-scale solutions to social problems, Dr. Sarason offers penetrating insights and bold suggestions in such areas as:

  • The widening care gap between haves and have-nots.
  • Why professional caregivers fail to understand patients.
  • The nursing home resident as immigrant.
  • Why previous reform efforts have not worked.
  • The need for a Presidential commission for the elderly.
  • The scenario if conditions are allowed to remain as they are or worsen.

This concise volume is essential reading for researchers, graduate students, professionals, practitioners, and policy makers across such fields as geriatric medicine, health psychology, social work, public health, and public policy.Centers for Endingis a clarion call to be ignored at great cost to our elders and ourselves.

Since retiring in 1989 after 45 years as a member of the Yale faculty, Seymour B. Sarason has continued to pursue his many professional interests. Since the year 2000, he has written eight books and has delivered scores of invited and keynote lectures. His work is provides seminal contributions to varied fields including developmental ...
Title:Centers For Ending: The Coming Crisis In The Care Of Aged PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:109 pagesPublished:August 4, 2011Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441957243

ISBN - 13:9781441957245

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Rosalynn Carter.- Foreword by Saul B. Cohen.- Themes of the Book.- Becoming a Resident in a Total Care Facility.- Residents as Immigrants.- Some Aspects of Organizational Craziness.- Two Months in the Nursing Home.- Planning Programs: Social Security and Head Start.- The Haves and the Have Nots.- The Need for a Presidential Commission: Some Caveats.- On the Uses of History.- Epilogue.- References.- About the Author.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"Written as an educational tool for families and/or caregivers who are providing care for an elderly person, this book would be a great reference for nursing homes to teach caregivers how it feels to be dependent on others. It also provides insights into regulatory changes needed to improve elders' psychosocial satisfaction and autonomy when dependent upon others. . The author is an expert in the psychosocial needs of people . . The author's real life experiences lend considerable weight to the book." (Katherine L. Aguilar, Doody's Review Service, October, 2011)