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Health Promotion and Aging, Seventh Edition

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Health Promotion and Aging, Seventh Edition

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Practical Applications for Health Professionals

Author: David Haber PhD

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The seventh edition of this classic text champions healthy aging by demonstrating how to prevent or manage disease and make large-scale improvements toward health and wellness in the older adult population. The text synthesizes state-of-the-art research findings -- providing convincing evidence that health promotion truly works -- with practical, effective strategies. Encompassing important research results that supplant prior recommendations, this new edition provides updated best practices and strategies to ensure the active participation of older adults in all aspects of life.

Completely reorganized for ease of use, this textbook features updated demographics and rankings for leading causes of death, new blood pressure screening guidelines and data on obesity and diabetes, updated exercise regimens, older-driver statistics and innovations such as the driverless car, cautions regarding ineffective brain-training programs, and more.

Highly practical, the text includes health-promoting tools, resource lists, assessment tools, illustrations, checklists, and tables. Additionally, the book includes key terms and learning objectives at the start of each chapter, along with thought-provoking questions and reflection boxes. An Instructor's Manual and PowerPoint slides are available to facilitate teaching.

New to the Seventh Edition:

  • Provides updated blood pressure, cholesterol, Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), and lung cancer screening guidelines
  • Presents updates on exercise regimens ranging from yoga to the tango
  • Expands and updates section on emotional regulation and conflict resolution skills with aging
  • Discusses Boomer Entrepreneurism
  • Provides new policy recommendations including student loan debt among older adults
  • Expands gerotechnology and smart home innovations
  • Updates on "Obamacare" and health care delivery recommendations
  • Addresses "Buyer Beware" regarding brain-training programs
  • Expands global aging and LGBT aging content

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 21, 2016
  • Page Count 504
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826131881
  • EISBN 9780826131898

About The Author(s) 

David Haber, PhD , is an assistant professor in the Gerontology Department at Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon. Prior to his current affiliation he worked at several institutes of higher education.

For a decade he was the John and Janice Fisher distinguished professor of wellness and gerontology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. For the decade prior to that, Dr. Haber was a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Before that he served as the director of the Center for Healthy Aging, at Creighton University’s multidisciplinary shopping mall–based geriatric center in Omaha, Nebraska.

His early academic and research career included positions at the University of the District of Columbia; the University of South Florida, Tampa; and the University of Southern California, where he also received his PhD in sociology from the Andrus Gerontology Center.

Dr. Haber is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and he is recognized for two Best Practice Awards from the National Council on Aging, the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the Molly Mettler Award for Leadership in Health Promotion from the National Council on Aging.

The third edition of this book, Health Promotion and Aging, was selected for the 2004 Book of the Year Award by theAmerican Journal of Nursing in two categories: Gerontologic Nursing, and Community and Public Health. Dr. Haber also authored Health Care for an Aging Society.

Dr. Haber has authored 87 academic publications and has been project director or principal investigator of 20 research or demonstration grants related to health and aging. Typically, these applied projects involved gerontology and health professional students leading community health promotion ventures with older adults. Dr. Haber’s current interest in life is cat therapy with frail elders.

Table of Contents 


List of Figures

List of Tables

Foreword by Debra Sheets, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN



1. Introduction

Healthy People Initiatives

Aging, Health, Social, and Medical Trends

Definitions of Healthy Aging

Health Perspectives and Aging


Health Care, Medical Care, Quality Care

2. Clinical Preventive Services

Medical Screenings and Prophylaxis: Considerable Controversy

Cancer Deaths

Lung Cancer

Breast Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Other Cancers


High Blood Pressure






Oral Health

Hepatitis C

Are Screenings Going to the Dogs (and Cats)?


Aspirin Prophylaxis

The Polypill

Medicare Prevention

A Final Word

3. Empowering Older Adults

Empowering Older Clients

Empowering Older Patients


Cruising the Internet

Selected Communication Barriers

Health Behavior Change

Assessments and Interventions

10 Tips for Changing Health Behaviors

Health Behavior Theories

Theories Versus Concepts

4. Exercise

Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health

The Most Popular Activity: Walking

The Most Popular Inactivity: Sitting

Exercise for Disease Prevention and Functional Improvement

Exercise for Weight Management

The Four Components of My Exercise Class

Less Conventional Exercises

The Activity Pyramid

Arthritis: A Barrier to Exercise and Activity

Selected Topics

5. Nutrition and Weight Management

The Food Guide Pyramid and Variations

Good Nutritional Habits


Carbohydrates and Fiber




Vitamins and Minerals


Nutrition Labels


Selected Nutrition Topics

Trends in Weight Gain

Measuring Overweight and Obesity

Genetics, Lifestyle, and Environment

Should We Gain Weight With Age?

Body Composition


Bariatric Surgery

Medicare Coverage for Weight-Loss Counseling

10 Tips for Weight Loss or Maintenance

Diet Drugs

Competitive Eating and Implications for Advocacy

The End of Overeating

6. Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Prevalence of CAM

Communication Barrier Between CAM and Allopathic Medicine

Types of CAM

Popular CAM Techniques

CAM and Medical Education

Naturopathic Medical Colleges

Selected CAM Topics and Resources

Dietary Supplements

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements


Hormone Supplements

Other Dietary Supplements

ConsumerLab.com and the Dietary Supplement Verification Program

Nutraceuticals, or Functional Foods and Drinks

7. Selected Health Education Topics



Medication Usage

Injury Prevention

Sexuality and Intimacy


8. Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental Illness


Alzheimer’s Disease

Other Mental Disorders

Insurance Coverage Change

Chronic Stress

Stress Management

The Placebo Effect


Mental Health and Aging Resources

Social/Emotional Support

Family, Friends, Church, and Others

Online Support

Pet Support

Religious or Spiritual Support

Peer Support Groups

Intergenerational Support

9. Community Health

Community Organizations

Worksite Wellness

Model Health Promotion Programs

Professional Associations

Community Volunteering

Community Health Advocacy

10. Long-Term Care and End-of-Life Care

Long-Term Care

Informal Caregiving

Formal Caregiving

Nursing Homes and Culture Change

Long-Term Care Alternatives

Additional Long-Term Care Alternatives

Long-Term Care Insurance: Private Versus Public

End-of-Life Care

Death With Dignity Act

Nursing Homes and Death

Green Burials and Cemeteries

11. Public Health Policy and Diversity

Funding Public Health

Surgeon General’s Reports on Health

Social Security


Affordable Care Act


A Single-Payer, Managed Health Care System

Medication Issues

And, Briefly, the Rest of My Public Health and Aging Policy Concerns

Oregon Is a Model State for Health Promotion Legislation

Culture and Public Health Policy

Minority/Race/Ethnic/Disadvantaged Groups

Disparities in Health and Health Care

Sex Differences

LGBT Aging

Rural Aging

Global Aging

The Diversity of Aging