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Survival Manual for Elders:
Encouraging Elders' Resiliency Potential
Authors Melanie Adair, M.A.; Joe B. Adair, Ph.D., Kort Nygard, Ph.D.

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E-Book ISBN

978-1-935186-31-1

978-1-935186-32-8

Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
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BOOK: 6" x 9" softcover; 80 pages; archival paper; 49 illustrations $14.95

E-BOOK: 80 pages; 49 illustrations $4.99

Availability November 2012
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Other books by this author:
Downloads From God: Seven Portals To Peace
Why Has God Let Me Live This Long
The Sage Movement: Replacing
Ageism With Sageism
Helps seniors and their caregivers successfully navigate the challenges of aging, make informed decisions, and focus on individualized goals of care to promote resiliency and maximum functional potential. A team of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists, chaplains, business and legal experts collaborate on topics such as dignity, health promotion, care choices, common symptoms, medication safety, cognitive and mental health concerns, illness complications, rehabilitation, and recuperation. Discussions of legal advance directives and healthcare finances are particularly helpful in clarifying the maze of choices facing seniors and their caregivers as they negotiate our US industrial, financial, and healthcare complex.

Library of Congress Control Number 2012921620

Contributions By:
Ron Blankenbaker,
M.D. - UT Medical School, Assoc. Dean Emeritus, Chattanooga, TN

Kendra Coulter, Assist. Ex. Director, Summit View Senior Community, Chattanooga, TN

Marj Flemming,
President, Launch Point Leadership Chattanooga, TN

Mike Gorman, OT, Senior Vice President, Key Rehabilitation, Inc. Murfreesboro, TN

Ralph Hood, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Psychology, UT- Chattanooga

Jan Irwin, MA. SLP,
President, Key Rehabilitation, Inc. Murfreesboro, TN

Scott Rowe, PT, President, Health South Chattanooga Rehabilitation Hospital, Chattanooga, TN

Carol Swisher, R.N. - Director of Nursing, Summit View, Chattanooga, TN

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Survival Manual for Elders is written by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists, chaplains, business and legal experts. Their collective wisdom concerning aging and passion for person-centric care, with promotion of resiliency and maximum functional potential, shine through every page.
The table of contents reads like a list of questions "I wish my doctor had discussed with me." Topics such as dignity, health promotion, healthcare choices, advance directives and goals of care, and common symptoms and conditions are accurately and readably discussed and emphasized. The section on levels of care and healthcare finances is particularly helpful in clarifying the maze of choices facing seniors and their caregivers as they negotiate our US industrial, financial, and healthcare complex. Chapters covering medication safety, cognitive and mental health concerns, and illness complications are especially well written.
If knowledge is power, the insights offered by this book will be a strong ally for seniors and their caregivers to successfully navigate the challenges of aging, making informed decisions and focusing on individualized goals of care.
    James S. Powers, MD, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatric Medicine Program Director, Vanderbilst University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

WORDS OF PRAISE FOR SURVIVAL MANUAL FOR ELDERS:
ENCOURAGING ELDERS' RESILIENCY POTENTIAL

Unlike directories of "senior services" that paternalistically list ways in which elders can be assisted, the Survival Manual takes a different view: that elders can have resiliency and agency in navigating options for health and wellness. Rather than telling readers what to think, this manual provides information that empowers elders to ask the tough questions and create true person-directed living. This is much needed "medicine" for an aging society.

    G. Allen Power, MD, is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. He is a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator and a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors. Dr. Power's book, Dementia beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, and a Merit Award from the 2011 National Mature Media Awards.

This book Is long overdue and should be required reading for medical and nursing students, as well as other professionals in this complex maze of elder care. Instead of describing a dismal situation in our industry, the authors have provided hope and how-to's to make caring for an elder a joy rather than a burden. Advocates for our elders are needed, and this book serves that purpose. Thanks for the inspiration.

Becky A Bowles, MA, CCC/SLP, owner of Sage Senior Services: A Care Management Company, Tulsa, OK

As baby-boomers are becoming caretakers to their parents, this book is a must-read. They often make the mistake of assuming that the medical community "knows what is best" for their loved one(s). Children know their parents better than anyone! This book will help the reader be an active and knowledgeable advocate in their health care.

    Debbie Mowery, Family Care-giver, Chattanooga, TN

Adair, Adair, & Nygard and their colleagues at the Southeast Advocacy Center for Elder Rights are right-on with this refreshing person-centric, holistic approach to aging and healthcare choices. If knowledge is power, the insights offered by this book will be a strong ally for seniors and their caregivers to successfully navigate the challenges of aging, making informed decisions and focusing on individualized goals of care. This book should be on every senior's must read list!

    James S. Powers MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Geriatric Medicine Program Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Melanie Adair, M.A. has a background in pioneering cutting edge rehabilitation programs for those with cognitive deficits, traumatic brain injuries, pediatric programs, and elders. She has worked extensively in the area of elder well-being, spiritual development of older adults, and innovative elder living environments to assist people in maximizing their independence and quality of life. A speech/language pathologist and cognitive therapist, she has a strong commitment to bettering the potential for elders in our society through training others to implement the principles of the Culture Change and Sage Movements.
Joe B. Adair, PhD. has done extensive training of rehabilitation professionals, has worked with elders in rehabilitation settings, and has done ongoing research in the factors that result in elder well-being. With a background in clinical audiology and psychoneuroimmunology, he has assisted people all over the country in understanding the ways the mind and body work together to create health and well-being. He is an active advocate for older adults, working to assure they have an opportunity to bounce back, contribute, and live life fully. He is actively involved in Culture Change through the Sage Movement.
N. Kortner Nygard, Ph.D. is a certified Eden Trainer and Eden Mentor and has headed groups working with the Eden Alternative to transform long term care for elders. A clinical psychologist with a geriatric specialty, he has worked to find new answers for resolving the negative psychological impact that Ageism and failure to believe elders can bounce back often has on older adults. An experienced trainer, he has worked with groups around the country to understand the ways they can implement Culture Change.

Melanie Adair, M.A., Joe B. Adair, PhD. and N. Kortner Nygard, PhD. are actively involved in health care, education, and ministry. They work with the Sage Coalition, working to overcome the negative effects of Ageism and to bring about culture change and a new understanding of the vital role older adults play in society. Together they have also authored Why Has God Let Me Live This Long?: a story of finding the meaning and purpose of a long life, and The Sage Movement: replacing ageism with sageism - a call for culture change

   
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