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Vulnerable Older Adults

SKU# 9780826102089

Health Care Needs and Interventions


  • Patricia Burbank DNSc, RN

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Winner of an AJN Book of the Year Award!

Named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice!

Well organized, extensively referenced, and illustrated with figures/tables, this work represents a unique, multipurpose, interdisciplinary approach to elder care...Highly recommended.


Based on the concept that vulnerability in the older populace encompasses those who are at increased risk for physical and psychosocial health problems, this book takes a closer look at vulnerability and how it affects five specific populations within the elderly:

  • Those incarcerated in prisons
  • The homeless
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people
  • Those who are HIV positive or living with AIDS
  • The frail

Both physical and psychosocial health care issues and needs are addressed as well as interventions and resources that can be implemented to care for these very specific populations and their requirements for successful physical and mental health care. The unique challenges of hospice care in prisons; the lack of services that cater to homeless older people; and the overall attitude towards helping elderly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people are some of the increasingly important issues covered.

Unique features include:

  • The latest research and theoretical approaches are summarized to give health professionals a concise picture of health care needs of these older adults
  • Themes of interdisciplinary approach to care, cultural considerations, and neglect and abuse are integrated throughout
  • Strategies and resources for caring for older adults with dementia are discussed for each vulnerable population

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 19, 2006
  • Page Count 304
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102089
  • EISBN 9780826103604

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Mathy Mezey, RN, EdD, FAAN
    Part I: Frail Older Adults
  1. Health Issues of Frail Older Adults, J. Stoukides, C. Holzer, J. Ritzau, and P. Burbank
  2. Health Care Strategies for Frail Older Adults, J. Stoukides, C. Holzer, J. Ritzau, and P. Burbank

  3. Part II: Aging Prisoners
  4. Health Issues of Aging Prisoners, T. Smyer and M. Gragert
  5. Aging Prisoners: Strategies for Health Care, T. Smyer, M. Gragert, and D.C. Martins

  6. Part III: Homeless Older Adults
  7. Health Issues of Homeless Older Adults, D.C. Martins and M.A. Sullivan
  8. Health Care Strategies for Homeless Older Adults, D.C. Martins and M.A. Sullivan

  9. Part IV: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
  10. Health Issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults, P. Burbank and G. Burkholder
  11. Health Care Strategies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults, P. Burbank, G. Burkholder, and P. Fournier

  12. Part V: Older Adults with HIV/AIDS
  13. Health Issues of Older Adults with HIV/AIDS, C.A. Emlet and K.M. Nokes
  14. Health Care Strategies for Older Adults with HIV/AIDS, K.M. Nokes and C.A. Emlet

  15. Epilogue