Geriatric Physical Therapy offers a comprehensive presentation of geriatric physical therapy science and practice. Thoroughly revised and updated, editors Andrew Guccione, Rita Wong, and Dale Avers and their contributors provide current information on aging-related changes in function, the impact of these changes on patient examination and evaluation, and intervention approaches that maximize optimal aging. Chapters emphasize evidence-based content that clinicians can use throughout the patient management process. Six new chapters include: Exercise Prescription, Older Adults and Their Families, Impaired Joint Mobility, Impaired Motor Control, Home-based Service Delivery, and Hospice and End of Life. Clinically accurate and relevant while at the same time exploring theory and rationale for evidence-based practice, it’s perfect for students and practicing clinicians. It’s also an excellent study aid for the Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialization exam.
This is a comprehensive overview of the many facets of physical therapy (PT). The original text was published in 1993. This overview of geriatric PT includes varied topics ranging from sensory changes associated with aging to reimbursement. The audience for the 1993 edition of this book was entry-level clinicians. In this edition the editor expands the audience to include graduate therapists and practicing clinicians. I agree that this is a valuable resource for all areas of clinical practice, excluding pediatrics. The editor is highly respected and recognized in the field of PT. There are five parts in this text. Part I is a description of the foundations of geriatric PT. In Part Two contributors address assessment. Problems and procedures such as muscle fatigue and orthotics are included in Part Three. In Parts Four and Five social contexts and particular populations are addressed. This is a valuable text, but often readers must refer to secondary resources. The value of this text would be enhanced if there were more illustrations, cases in which the reader is an active learner through posed questions, chapter objectives, and review questions. For example, when sensory changes associated with aging are covered, the information would be easier to visualize with pictures of normal vision, macular degeneration, cataracts, and other visual changes. Another limitation of this text is that a contributing author eloquently explains topics like the Mini-Mental Status Examination, yet the reader must go to another resource to find the exam for use. In summary, this is a comprehensive overview of geriatric PT with more information than the 1993 text. It is a valuable resource thatwill be valued by many readers.