The Chronically Disabled Elderly in Society

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CHAPTER I
Introduction

The major purpose of this work is to increase public awareness and knowledge of problems of societal living among the chronically disabled elderly, as one effort to dispel commonly held stereotypes and dependency patterns. This is accomplished by focusing the material on four points: The first demonstrates that ramifications of chronic disabling health conditions among the elderly impinge on many facets of society. The second emphasizes that there is a pressing need for interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance the optimal functioning of the disabled elderly. The third shows that chronic conditions impact on the public sphere of societal health care and social services. The fourth is to raise the level of consciousness of policymakers, faculty members, politicians, administrators, and managers who make decisions affecting health care and social policy for the elderly with disabilities.

The foci listed above can be taught to all students in a manner that helps them retain their specialized focus. At the same time, this method includes the importance of other specialties and disciplines in the comprehensive care of older people with disabilities. Physical and mental/emotional chronic problems of older people cannot be divorced from the family or society.


MAJOR FACTORS INFLUENCING THE NEED FOR THIS WORK

Partial responsibility by a variety of medical and health care disciplines limits the effectiveness of comprehensive and continuous

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions to the Study of Aging ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Chapter 1 Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 Cognitive Disability 9
  • Chapter 3 Hearing Disability 51
  • Chapter 4 - Motor Disability 87
  • Chapter 5 Implications 115
  • Bibliography 127
  • Index 137
  • About the Author 143
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