Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 31, 2011

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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 31, 2011

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Pathways Through The Transitions of Care for Older Adults


  • Peggye Dilworth-Anderson PhD
  • Mary Palmer PhD

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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

[This] volume contributes useful knowledge not only to the field of aging studies, but to multiple disciplines and public policy. Anyone interested in aging studies or health care would find this volume useful and enlightening."--Anthropology and Aging Quarterly

This unique volume, with its person- and context-centered focus, is the only book to emphasize the need to incorporate social, cultural, and demographics into transitional care protocol for elderly patients. It encompasses the larger context of life experience in order to provide optimal pathways through transitions of care for elderly patients and has broad implications for shaping policy and future research.

A consideration of contextual factors for both patients and caregivers is woven throughout the book. Chapters focus on physical and complex health problems shaping transitions of care, legal, ethical, and decision-making issues including informed consent and end of life, the impact of the current fragmented healthcare system on transitions of care, educating the workforce in transitions of care, and planning for future pathways of transition that will accommodate the rapidly growing elderly population. The volume will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, educators, policy makers, students, elderly patients, and their caregivers.

Key Features:

  • Describes a person- and context-centered focus emphasizing social demographics and geographic location in understanding transitions of care among older adults.
  • Based on the most current research on critical issues in transitional care for the elderly
  • Written by a multidisciplinary cast of highly respected authors
  • Includes case studies and discussion of how specific conditions affect transitions of care in different ways
  • Addresses the physical and emotional effects of transitions on patients and caregivers

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 01, 2011
  • Page Count 288
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107930
  • EISBN 9780826107947

Table of Contents 



1. Introduction Overview: A Contextual Conceptualization on Transitions of Care for Older Persons: Shaping the Direction of Care

2. Older Persons and Care Transitions

3. Family Involvement in Care Transitions of Older Adults: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go From Here?


4. Physical Problems Shaping Transitions of Care

5. Complex Health Problems: Co-morbidities Shaping Transitions of Care

SECTION THREE: Legal, Ethical, and Decision-Making Issues on Transitions of Care

6. Planning and Decision-Making for Care Transitions

7. Advanced Directives and End-Life Decision Making

SECTION FOUR: Educating the Workforce for Transitions of Care

8. Educating Direct Care Workers on Transitions of Care

9. Educating the Interdisciplinary Team on Transitions of Care

SECTION FIVE: Charting the Future on Transitions of Care

10. Coming Full Circle: Planning for Future Pathways of Transitions of Care for Older Adults

11. Public Policy Implications for Pathways Through Transitions: The Rise of the Transitional Care Concept

12. Conclusion