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Dementia and Sexuality - A Rose That Never Wilts (Paperback): Elaine White Dementia and Sexuality - A Rose That Never Wilts (Paperback)
Elaine White
R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
My Mother, My Madness (Paperback): Colleen Higgs My Mother, My Madness (Paperback)
Colleen Higgs
R180 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R31 (17%) In stock

A woman reluctantly takes on the responsibility of putting her eccentric rebellious mother into a retirement home, and managing her care. She has her own daughter to raise and nurture, a marriage and a business to hold together, and her own psychological troubles due in good part to how she was mothered.

My Mother, My Madness is Colleen Higgs’s diary of her mother’s last ten years. It is at once funny, harrowing, mundane, chaotic, and full of insight. It is a rich and moving story which unfolds through its characters like a novel.

Colleen Higgs is the author of two collections of poetry (Halfborn Woman, 2004, and Lava Lamp Poems, 2011) and a short story collection (Looking for Trouble – Yeoville Stories, 2012). She founded Modjaji Books in 2007 and, after publishing more than 150 books, is still Modjaji’s manager and publisher.

Loving; the Essence of Being a Butterfly in Dementia Care (Paperback): Sally Knocker Loving; the Essence of Being a Butterfly in Dementia Care (Paperback)
Sally Knocker
R501 Discovery Miles 5 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Adult Safeguarding - A Care Leaders Guide (Paperback): Lynne Phair Adult Safeguarding - A Care Leaders Guide (Paperback)
Lynne Phair
R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Not Another Care Handbook (Paperback): Not Another Care Handbook (Paperback)
R593 Discovery Miles 5 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Time for Dementia - A Collection of Writing on the Meanings of Time and Dementia (Paperback): Jane M. Gilliard, Mary Marshall Time for Dementia - A Collection of Writing on the Meanings of Time and Dementia (Paperback)
Jane M. Gilliard, Mary Marshall; Illustrated by James McKillop
R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Dementia - Walking Not Wandering - Fresh Approaches to Understanding and Practice (Paperback): Mary Marshall, Kate Allan Dementia - Walking Not Wandering - Fresh Approaches to Understanding and Practice (Paperback)
Mary Marshall, Kate Allan
R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Designing Homes for People with Dementia (Paperback): Damian Utton Designing Homes for People with Dementia (Paperback)
Damian Utton
R1,649 Discovery Miles 16 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Good design helps to make the environment more understandable, resulting in huge benefits for everyone. The 25 case studies illustrated in this book demonstrate the principles of good design for people with dementia. The examples are drawn from nine countries across Northern Europe, North America and Australia. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone committed to improving the built environment for people with dementia: from chief executive officers and directors of service providers, through to officials from regulatory authorities, home managers and staff, architects and interior designers, as well as nursing, medical and related professions.

Social Work with Adults (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012): Martin Davies Social Work with Adults (Paperback, 1st ed. 2012)
Martin Davies
R864 Discovery Miles 8 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This best-selling book explores the crucial role of social workers in securing a better future for vulnerable and disadvantaged adult service users. Tacking the problems most common to this branch of social work it focuses on four major themes: personalization; mental health; substance use; and old age. Edited by the highly respected Martin Davies, and with contributions from some of the leading names in the field, Social Work with Adults provides a clear map and guidance to help navigate between the different elements of social work knowledge and practice. Whether a student on an undergraduate degree taking a module on working with adults or a qualified professional wanting to ensure they are proving the very best service they can, this is essential reading. The breadth and depth of coverage makes this text a perfect handbook for students of adult social work.

Holding Time - Human Need and Relationships in Dementia Care (Paperback): Esther Ramsay-Jones Holding Time - Human Need and Relationships in Dementia Care (Paperback)
Esther Ramsay-Jones
R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Informed by the author's work in dementia care and palliative care as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, Holding Time contributes to an increasing recognition of the importance and value of relationship-centred care in this field. Most of the book is written ethnographically and unfolds as a narrative. It also includes the real words of staff and residents from the care homes in which she conducted observations. Holding Time explores how the relational investment in care is vital alongside a technical one. The book does this by detailing the micro-interactions of everyday care and concern and play before moving out on to a wider, organisational and macro stage. It addresses our fears about dependency on a societal level, and attempts to challenge the foregrounding of the independent, rational individual over all other experiences. The author's contribution is particular to the UK dementia care home setting, and offers a predominantly psychoanalytic take. It is a contemporary exploration of the dementia care field, and contributes to the general movement to improve care of those living (and working) with dementia.

Aging, The - A Guide to Public Policy (Paperback): Bennett M. Rich, Martha Baum Aging, The - A Guide to Public Policy (Paperback)
Bennett M. Rich, Martha Baum
R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of federal programs for the aging, and their origins. Landmark federal legislation affecting the aging was enacted in the 1930s, and the intervening decades have witnesses a dramatic increase in the number and scope of programs. But far from constituting a cohesive national policy for the elderly, the many programs reflect the particular political and social conditions surrounding their origin and implementation. The multiplicity and complexity of resources and services available make achieving even a reasonable grasp of this field extremely difficult. This study offers a coherent and readable summary of this important area of federal legislation.

When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community - Words to Say and Things to Do (Paperback): Rachael Wonderlin When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community - Words to Say and Things to Do (Paperback)
Rachael Wonderlin
R351 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R24 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Life changes dramatically for the entire family when the decision is made to move a person who has dementia from home to community care. Rachael Wonderlin, a gerontologist, dementia care expert, and popular dementia care blogger, helps caregivers cope with the difficult behaviors, emotions, and anxieties that both they and their loved one may experience. Writing from her own practice and drawing on the latest research in gerontology and dementia, Wonderlin explains the different kinds of dementia, details the wide range of care communities available for people who have dementia, and speaks empathetically to the worry and guilt many families feel. "Do not let anyone make you feel like you have taken the 'easy way out' by choosing a dementia care community," she writes. "You are still going to deal with a lot of challenging behaviors, concerns, and questions regarding your loved one's care." When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community is an accessible guide offering answers to such questions as: * How do I choose a place for my loved one to live?* What can I find out by visiting a candidate memory-care community twice?* What do I do if my loved one asks about going home?* How can I improve the quality of my visits?* What is the best way to handle conflict between residents, or between the resident and staff?* How can I cope with my loved one's sundowning?* What do I do if my loved one starts a romantic relationship with another resident? An indispensable book for family members and friends of people with dementia, When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community touches the heart while explaining how to make a difficult situation better.

Reminiscing Our Heritage - The 70s to the Millennium (Paperback, 1 New Ed): Danny Walsh Reminiscing Our Heritage - The 70s to the Millennium (Paperback, 1 New Ed)
Danny Walsh
R1,069 Discovery Miles 10 690 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is designed to be used by anybody working with older adults in residential, nursing and day care facilities. It provides a wealth of reminiscence material which can be used in a number of ways to rekindle memories and provide stimulating activity such as quizzes and discussion. Each year covered in the book is divided into the sections 'Major events', 'On the home front', 'Music', 'Television', 'Screen and page', 'Sport' and 'Do you remember?'. Many sections can be easily turned into quizzes and it would be simple to form a quiz from each year's material. One cannot cover all that happened in these years nor highlight all the associations each event or fact triggers, so the material is intended to be expanded on by the memories it triggers in clients during discussion. So, for example, where a film title is mentioned ask if people can recall the stars of the film, its plot and how it ended. The 'Major events' section will trigger lots of opinions too as it covers the political events of the decades so try to get the groups to discuss the ethical and moral dilemmas these posed at the time. The book is intended for use with individuals and groups but you will discover that in a group one persons memories will trigger another's and so what seems like a small topic can last for the whole session as we all try to tell our personal tales. While the content has a UK bias, it also covers the major world events of the decades but I have included a blank page for each year for you to record your own personal landmarks and achievements and also those of your local town or community.specialising in older adults mental health to a deeper level.

Rethinking Aging - Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society (Paperback): Nortin M. Hadler Rethinking Aging - Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society (Paperback)
Nortin M. Hadler
R518 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For those fortunate enough to reside in the developed world, death before reaching a ripe old age is a tragedy, not a fact of life. Although aging and dying are not diseases, older Americans are subject to the most egregious marketing in the name of ""successful aging"" and ""long life,"" as if both are commodities. In Rethinking Aging, Nortin M. Hadler examines health-care choices offered to aging Americans and argues that too often the choices serve to profit the provider rather than benefit the recipient, leading to the medicalization of everyday ailments and blatant overtreatment. Rethinking Aging forewarns and arms readers with evidence-based insights that facilitate health-promoting decision making. Over the past decade, Hadler has established himself as a leading voice among those who approach the menu of health-care choices with informed skepticism. Only the rigorous demonstration of efficacy is adequate reassurance of a treatment's value, he argues; if it cannot be shown that a particular treatment will benefit the patient, one should proceed with caution. In Rethinking Aging, Hadler offers a doctor's perspective on the medical literature as well as his long clinical experience to help readers assess their health-care options and make informed medical choices in the last decades of life. The challenges of aging and dying, he eloquently assures us, can be faced with sophistication, confidence, and grace.

Linked Lives - Elder Care, Migration, and Kinship in Sri Lanka (Paperback): Michele Ruth Gamburd Linked Lives - Elder Care, Migration, and Kinship in Sri Lanka (Paperback)
Michele Ruth Gamburd
R894 Discovery Miles 8 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Social Work with Older People (Paperback, 5th ed. 2012): Mo G. Ray, Judith Phillips Social Work with Older People (Paperback, 5th ed. 2012)
Mo G. Ray, Judith Phillips
R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Revised to emphasise the current policy drive towards personalisation and service user participation in care management, the new edition of Social Work with Older People remains an insightful introductory text. Deliberately taking a critical approach to guide readers to consider stereotypes of aging and work with older people, the new edition presents fundamental knowledge alongside thought-provoking and challenging debates. It offers a new chapter on safeguarding and has been updated to reflect current course requirements: * Part I introduces the theory, policy and legislation which influences social work contexts * Part II identifies core elements of practice, for effective interviewing, assessment, planning and intervention Written by experienced and respected authors, this book will help readers understand the diverse experiences of later life, leading to positive and informed students and practitioners of social work.

Social Work and Geriatric Services (Hardcover): Sharon Duca Palmer Social Work and Geriatric Services (Hardcover)
Sharon Duca Palmer
R2,984 Discovery Miles 29 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Social work in geriatric services deals with the care of the elderly in many facets. This new book addresses many of the important topics in social work with the elderly, including the prevalence of chronic disease in the elderly, conducting research with older people, cognitive functioning and social integration, exercise for the elderly, suicide and depression in the elderly, smoking cessation for elderly clients, health screening, and more.

Aging and Diversity - An Active Learning Experience (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Chandra M. Mehrotra, Lisa S Wagner Aging and Diversity - An Active Learning Experience (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Chandra M. Mehrotra, Lisa S Wagner; Edited by Stephen Fried, Chandra Mehrotra
R3,229 Discovery Miles 32 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new edition has been completely rewritten and includes chapters that address key topics in diversity and aging: research methods, psychological aging; health beliefs, behaviors, and services; health disparities; informal and formal care for older persons; work and retirement; religious affiliation and spirituality; and death, dying, and bereavement. Taking a broad view of diversity, Mehrotra and Wagner discuss elements of diversity such as gender, race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, social class, rural-urban community location and sexual orientation. Including these elements allows them to convey some of the rich complexities of our diverse culture - complexities that provide both challenges to meet the needs of diverse population and opportunities to learn how to live in a pluralistic society. Throughout the book, Mehrotra and Wagner present up-to-date knowledge and scholarship in a way that engages readers in active learning. Rather than simply transmitting information, the authors place ongoing emphasis on developing readers' knowledge and skills; fostering higher order thinking and encouraging exploration of personal values and attitudes. Distinctive features of the book include: Opening vignettes for each chapter that present a sampling of how the issues to be discussed apply to diverse elders. Active learning experiences that invite readers to interview diverse elders, conduct internet searches, and give an analysis of a case study. Quizzes at the end of the chapters help readers ascertain the extent to which they have learned the material; the key for each quiz includes details about correct and incorrect responses so that additional learning can occur. Aging and Diversity Online boxes interspersed throughout the book provide internet resources that readers may use to find new research and publications. Suggested readings and audiovisual resources given at the end of each chapter serve as a guide to additional information on topics covered in the chapter. This approach of presenting the material will help the readers understand and apply key concepts and principles in ways that will not only improve the lives of older people they serve, but will also enhance their own aging experience.

Family and Aging Policy (Paperback): Francis G. Caro Family and Aging Policy (Paperback)
Francis G. Caro
R1,326 Discovery Miles 13 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Learn how public policies can help families provide the care their elderly relatives need Family and Aging Policy examines how public initiatives to assist the elderly in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Denmark, and Sweden can impact families who provide them with long-term care. For the majority of older people, the aging experience involves their families directly and indirectly, affecting income security, housing, and health care. This unique book addresses the aging issues that matter most to families struggling to deal with the demands of care giving and provides answers on how the public sector can help. As the traditional nuclear family becomes a memory and the notion of extended family disappears, the need for public interventions to help the elderly increases. A significant number of people grow old without families they can depend on. Others have families who want to help, but lack the financial means or the housing needed to provide care. Family and Aging Policy offers options on how families and formal services can share responsibilities, including how families can juggle jobs and care giving, the effects of the Family and Medical Leave Act, consumer-directed service options, community-based care programs, accessory dwelling units and zoning ordinances, and provisions for caregiver support in each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Family and Aging Policy examines: extensive welfare programs in Sweden publicly funded home care programs in Denmark family-oriented social policies in Singapore shared responsibilities of families and formal services in Canada the Administration on Aging's National Family Caregiver Support program in the United States California Caregiver Resource Centers and much more! Family and Aging Policy is an invaluable tool for researchers and policy analysts working in family policy issues and as an essential supplemental text for course work in gerontology, sociology, family relations, and social work.

Community Mobility - Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Persons (Paperback): William Mann Community Mobility - Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Persons (Paperback)
William Mann
R1,320 Discovery Miles 13 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Affordable, easy-to-use, and flexible transportation options are vital to older adults' quality of life. Community Mobility: Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Persons provides physical and occupational therapists with recent research findings on older driver assessment, remediation/rehabilitation, and the use of alternatives to the car in the event that older adults need to "retire" from driving. This unique book addresses changes in driving patterns over time, the impact of climate conditions on driving, mental and physical health issues, self-regulation by drivers, and driver safety. Community Mobility addresses changes in driving patterns over time, the impact of climate conditions on driving, mental and physical health issues, self-regulation by drivers, and driver safety. This unique book also includes summaries of recent consensus conferences held in the United States and Canada to determine the best approaches to therapist services and counseling. Community Mobility examines: the effect of alternative forms of transportation on drivers in declining mental and physical health safety interventions the relationship between chronic illness and an elderly driver's "home range" road conditions versus driving patterns factors that can act as predictors in mobility patterns self-regulation and adaptation strategies effective remediation techniques a comprehensive driving evaluation (CDE) and much more!Community Mobility is an essential resource for anyone working with elderly drivers who face the loss of independence and the decreased access to social activities, medical services, and other basic needs that accompany "retirement" from the driver's seat.

Community Mobility - Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Persons (Hardcover): William Mann Community Mobility - Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Persons (Hardcover)
William Mann
R4,336 Discovery Miles 43 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Affordable, easy-to-use, and flexible transportation options are vital to older adults' quality of life. Community Mobility: Driving and Transportation Alternatives for Older Persons provides physical and occupational therapists with recent research findings on older driver assessment, remediation/rehabilitation, and the use of alternatives to the car in the event that older adults need to "retire" from driving. This unique book addresses changes in driving patterns over time, the impact of climate conditions on driving, mental and physical health issues, self-regulation by drivers, and driver safety. Community Mobility addresses changes in driving patterns over time, the impact of climate conditions on driving, mental and physical health issues, self-regulation by drivers, and driver safety. This unique book also includes summaries of recent consensus conferences held in the United States and Canada to determine the best approaches to therapist services and counseling. Community Mobility examines: the effect of alternative forms of transportation on drivers in declining mental and physical health safety interventions the relationship between chronic illness and an elderly driver's "home range" road conditions versus driving patterns factors that can act as predictors in mobility patterns self-regulation and adaptation strategies effective remediation techniques a comprehensive driving evaluation (CDE) and much more!Community Mobility is an essential resource for anyone working with elderly drivers who face the loss of independence and the decreased access to social activities, medical services, and other basic needs that accompany "retirement" from the driver's seat.

Group Work and Aging - Issues in Practice, Research, and Education (Paperback): Roberta K. Graziano, Robert Salmon Group Work and Aging - Issues in Practice, Research, and Education (Paperback)
Roberta K. Graziano, Robert Salmon
R1,156 Discovery Miles 11 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Get a wealth of information about the theory and practice of social work with older adults, their families, and their caregivers! Although there is a considerable amount of writing on both group work and social work with the elderly, there is surprisingly little about applying this practice method to this specific age group. Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education fills this gap by presenting penetrating articles about a mutual aid approach to working with diverse groups of older adults with varied needs. Respected experts and gifted researchers provide case studies, practice examples, and explanation of theory to illustrate this practice method with aging adults, their families, and their caregivers. Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education discusses in-depth information on group work with gay and lesbian elders, caregivers, elders with Alzheimer's disease, service providers, special populations such as Vietnamese and Latino/a elders, and provides information on the use of expressive therapies like art, drama, and dance. Each well-referenced chapter presents high quality, up-to-date social group work practice strategies to prepare practitioners for the needs of the growing population of elderly in the near future. Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education discusses: the adaptation of group work practice approaches when working with older group members the use of a Record of Service as an analytical tool in group work with aging lesbians a chronicle of a student's field placement at a drop-in center for homeless senior citizens the sociocultural reality of the Asian immigrant elderly residential substance abuse treatment for older adults mutual aid groups for older persons with mental illness the relationship between caregiver support groups and the marker framework of family caregiving telephone caregiver support groups group work interventions with elderly parents of adults with severe mental illness a program for the development and implementation of an intergenerational singing group support groups as an effective therapy at end-of-life the use of a mutual aid group with home attendants and much more! Group Work and Aging: Issues in Practice, Research, and Education reveals the latest examples of good group work practice with aging adults and their support systems, perfect for practitioners, educators, and anyone interested in and/or work with older adults.

Religion, Spirituality, and Aging - A Social Work Perspective (Hardcover): Harry R. Moody Religion, Spirituality, and Aging - A Social Work Perspective (Hardcover)
Harry R. Moody
R3,093 Discovery Miles 30 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Learn how to make a more positive impact with your social work with the aged Religion is an important coping mechanism for many aging adults. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging: A Social Work Perspective presents the latest research that shows how religion and spirituality can improve quality of life for elders. Respected social work researchers and scholars provide insight and practical methods for fostering positive aging while also considering how spirituality and religion can affect practitioners themselves. The full range of advantages and ethical implications are discussed in clear detail from a social work viewpoint. Case studies plainly illustrate the positive impact that the inclusion of spirituality and religion in an aging person's life may have on their physical and mental welfare. Organized social work in the early twentieth century actively tried to distance itself from its roots as a form of religious charity in favor of becoming a scientific and professional endeavor. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging once again bridges the gap between social work and spiritual matters by presenting penetrating articles that discusses the issues of the aging soul while examining ways to improve care. Creative strategies are offered to contribute to the spiritual side of aging while considering every implication and ethical question. The compilation is extensively referenced and includes helpful figures and tables to clearly illustrate data and ideas. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging discusses: the latest social work trends and attitudes toward spirituality prayer, meditation, and acts of altruism as interventions an empirical study of how social workers use religion and spirituality as an intervention ethical considerations and best practices religion and spirituality during long-term care the "Postcards to God" project dreams and their relationship to the search for meaning in later life a spiritual approach to positive aging through autobiography dementia and spirituality creating new rituals for sacred aging spiritual master Henri Nouwen's principles of aging and his approaches to caring for older people an interview study on elders' spirituality and the changes manifested in their views of religion Religion, Spirituality, and Aging is a remarkable reminder that elders are our future selves. This erudite, well-reasoned examination of aging and spirituality from a social work perspective is crucial reading for social workers, human service professionals who work with the aged, and gerontology scholars.

Religion, Spirituality, and Aging - A Social Work Perspective (Paperback): Harry R. Moody Religion, Spirituality, and Aging - A Social Work Perspective (Paperback)
Harry R. Moody
R1,765 Discovery Miles 17 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Learn how to make a more positive impact with your social work with the aged Religion is an important coping mechanism for many aging adults. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging: A Social Work Perspective presents the latest research that shows how religion and spirituality can improve quality of life for elders. Respected social work researchers and scholars provide insight and practical methods for fostering positive aging while also considering how spirituality and religion can affect practitioners themselves. The full range of advantages and ethical implications are discussed in clear detail from a social work viewpoint. Case studies plainly illustrate the positive impact that the inclusion of spirituality and religion in an aging person's life may have on their physical and mental welfare. Organized social work in the early twentieth century actively tried to distance itself from its roots as a form of religious charity in favor of becoming a scientific and professional endeavor. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging once again bridges the gap between social work and spiritual matters by presenting penetrating articles that discusses the issues of the aging soul while examining ways to improve care. Creative strategies are offered to contribute to the spiritual side of aging while considering every implication and ethical question. The compilation is extensively referenced and includes helpful figures and tables to clearly illustrate data and ideas. Religion, Spirituality, and Aging discusses: the latest social work trends and attitudes toward spirituality prayer, meditation, and acts of altruism as interventions an empirical study of how social workers use religion and spirituality as an intervention ethical considerations and best practices religion and spirituality during long-term care the "Postcards to God" project dreams and their relationship to the search for meaning in later life a spiritual approach to positive aging through autobiography dementia and spirituality creating new rituals for sacred aging spiritual master Henri Nouwen's principles of aging and his approaches to caring for older people an interview study on elders' spirituality and the changes manifested in their views of religion Religion, Spirituality, and Aging is a remarkable reminder that elders are our future selves. This erudite, well-reasoned examination of aging and spirituality from a social work perspective is crucial reading for social workers, human service professionals who work with the aged, and gerontology scholars.

Last Years of Long Lives - The Larvik Study (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Tor Inge Romoren Last Years of Long Lives - The Larvik Study (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Tor Inge Romoren
R3,210 Discovery Miles 32 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


The Last Years of Long Lives is a unique account of that period of old age which precedes death. Based on 400 complete individual histories and covering a twenty-year period, it looks at the experiences of people over eighty years old in three important areas: disability, family life and health care. Using the life-course approach to research, it reveals rich data about the contributions of formal and informal care and how life expectancy and experiences of disability interact with experiences of care.

The reader is invited to conceptualise these phenomena as processes in continuous time - processes that are sometimes long and complex, sometimes short and simple - and learns about the four types of disability career before death. At the same time, the author presents a three-stage model of informal care and examines the main patterns of formal service use.

The Last Years of Long Lives presents a new way of looking at old age for students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers and gives a comprehensive picture of what has been called 'the fourth age'.

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