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Top Doctor Ronald Caplan, MD AUTHOR OF THE CARE OF THE OLDER PERSON
AK: Dr. Caplan, why is The Care of the Older Person such a important book for families to own as a resource. RC: With just about 50 million people in the USA aged 65 and over, and with that number increasing every year, there is hardly a family in the United States that does not have a loved relative in that age group. We look upon our elders as sources of strength, stability, and wisdom, but inevitably physical, mental, emotional, financial, and legal issues can arise. It is important for family members to recognize the emergence of these issues, so that competent professional help can be sought, and treatment plans and counseling put into effect. AK: What information does the book provide for care-givers on common health issues and treatments for older people. RC: The Care of the Older Person covers frequently encountered conditions including frailty, forgetfulness, cognitive decline, dementia, and delirium. Gait and balance issues are discussed. Attention is given to malnutrition and proper nutrition. Overmedication (polypharmacy) is gone over in detail, with 71 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com
discussion of treatment choices. Depression in older persons is covered, as is the issue of incontinence. The often hidden topic of elder abuse is brought to light. AK: Why will book-buyers appreciate the straight-forward approach of the book that explains a multitude of common diagnoses/ conditions and recommended treatments from leading doctors for aging family members and patients. RC: The Care of the Older Person is written and edited by experts for caregivers who are in close contact with the vast and growing population of older persons in the society. It is evident that the people in closest contact to, and most responsible for, the well being of older people are most often family members, close friends, and associates. This book can alert those closest to the older person to signs that professional help is needed. AK: What do you want readers to know about the book. RC: The rapidly expanding elder population has been likened to a grey or silver tsunami.
or a tidal wave. It is not: our elders (including myself) are us, just a few years older. Incredible, rapid advances in medical knowledge and personalized care have helped to bring about a dramatic increase in useful, active lifespan, although this is always at risk and requires vigilance and action. AK: The book has new chapters being added already? What do they focus on. RC: The latest chapters focus on the unique needs of older persons in the emergency department, late-life depression, the assessment of decision-making capacity, and legal protections for older persons. In the future, a section specifically on cancer diagnosis, management, and treatment , and a discussion of sleep issues will be added, along with other topics. AK: How can families and caregivers get your book? RC: The Care of the Older Person is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other sites. careoftheolderperson.com
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