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Wholeness in Later Life

by Ruth Bright Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
07/1997
ISBN:
9781853024474
Format:
Pbk 272 pages
Price:
AU$56.99 NZ$59.12
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Examining the care of older people from a holistic viewpoint, Ruth Bright argues that all of geriatric care - physical, psychological, spiritual and psycho-social - is, or should be, intended to improve the overall quality of life for older people, so that they can actively enjoy life and do not simply have to endure it until death comes as a relief. To that end the book discusses the many different challenges that an older person might face, including physical difficulties, psychiatric problems, mental retardation, and the impact that a lifelong disability can have, particularly when it accelerates the ageing process.

The book also discusses the cultural aspects of ageing, and uses case studies to provide illustrative examples of how and why quality of life can and should be improved. In the second section of the book the author explores the use of music therapy as an example of preserving a high quality of life for older people.

By approaching all aspects of the life of older people, Wholeness in Later Life teaches us to appreciate the totality of a person who happens to have aged.

Part I: Wholeness and old age; realities and vulnerabilities; cultural aspects growing of older; sexuality and relationships; spiritual aspects of old age; physical challenges to our integrity; emotional and psychological challenges; dementia and wholeness; effects in later life of earlier impairment - ageing with a physical disability; effects in later life of earlier impairment - ageing with genetic and congenital impairments. Part II: The practicalities of music therapy in later life; individual work with elderly people; music therapy for those with physical disorders; music for a social support group programme; music therapy in the management of Aphasia; terminal care - can we retain our wholeness?; summary - captains of our destiny or pawns of circumstance?.

Ruth Bright is a Consultant Music Therapist who specialises in grief counselling and was Founding President of the Australian Music Therapy Association. She is a long-standing member (and immediate Past-President) of the Board of Directors of the Gerontology Foundation of Australia, a national charity which provides funds for research into aspects of ageing.