Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults

SKU# 9780826138057

A Guide to Holistic Approaches to Healthy Aging


  • Elizabeth R. Mackenzie PhD
  • Birgit Rakel MD

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The field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is expected to grow tremendously in the next few years. In addition to an increase in the general population, the baby-boomer generation is quickly entering retirement and will likely take advantage of CAM increasingly as it ages.

Although CAM research as applied to aging is just beginning and health professionals receive no special training in CAM and aging, the United States population still continues to employ it. For diagnoses that accompany aging such as cancer, neurological diseases, psychiatric disorders, and physical disabilities, CAM has often been used in addition to or in place of unsuccessful conventional methods of treatment.

This new and up-to-the-minute compendium of reliable and authoritative information on complementary and alternative therapies seeks to provide information that older adults may use as they seek to improve their health and quality of life. Covering dietary means; physical, mental, and spiritual methods of treatment; and various types of therapies, this handbook is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on complementary and alternative medicine available today.

    Each chapter or article includes:
  • Brief definition of modality
  • Anecdotal reports of usefulness
  • Discussion of scientific evidence for and against modality
  • List of resources that reader can use to find further information

    Examples of therapies covered include:
  • Art & Music
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Ayurveda
  • Aromatherapy

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 22, 2006
  • Page Count 344
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826138057
  • EISBN 9780826138064

Table of Contents 

    Preface by Elizabeth R. Mackenzie and Birgit Rakel
    Foreword, Marc Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D.
  1. Holistic Approaches to Healthy Aging, Elizabeth R. Mackenzie and Birgit Rakel
  2. Healthy and Therapeutic Diets that Promote Optimal Aging, Joel S. Edman
  3. Supplements and Herbs, Ara DerMarderosian and Michael Briggs
  4. Homeopathy as an Aid to Healthy Aging, Joyce Frye
  5. Music, Health, and Well-Being, Elaine Abbott and Kathleen Avins
  6. Art Therapy, Caroline Peterson
  7. Massage Therapy and Older Adults, Eileen Kennedy and Cheryl Chapman
  8. Daoist Spirituality and Philosophy: Implications for Holistic Health, Aging, and Longevity, Amy L. Ai
  9. Medical Acupuncture, James R. Rotchford
  10. The Benefits of Qigong, Kevin Chen, Elizabeth R. Mackenzie, and Master FaXiang Hou
  11. Yoga: An Introduction, Robert Butera
  12. Ayurveda: Mother of Traditional Medicine, Mari Clements
  13. Meditation and Healthy Aging, Elaine J. Yuen and Michael J. Baime
  14. The Concept of Spiritual Well-Being and the Care of Older Adults, Amy L. Ai and Elizabeth R. Mackenzie
  15. Therapeutic Gardens, Jack Carman
  16. The Eden Alternative: Nurturing the Human Spirit in Long-Term Care, Sandy Ransom