Handbook of Rehabilitation in Older Adults

  • Robert J. Gatchel
  • Izabela Z. Schultz
  • Christopher T. Ray

Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jessica Stephens, Mathew Fiedler, Michelle Lidell, Robert J. Gatchel
      Pages 21-47
    3. Chasley Jones, Nancy D. Kishino, Robert J. Gatchel
      Pages 49-62
    4. Juliann C. Scholl, Bermang Ortiz, James W. Grosch, Harpriya Kaur
      Pages 63-83
    5. B. Rhett Rigby, Christopher T. Ray
      Pages 85-121
  3. Major Illnesses and Disabilities in the Aging Population

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Chasley Jones, Jessica Stephens, Robert J. Gatchel
      Pages 125-143
    3. Bradley J. Hallam, Rhonda Willms, Rachel L. Abel, Stacy Elliott, Lesley Houle, Kim Gorrell et al.
      Pages 145-160
    4. Joe R. Nocera, Keith M. McGregor
      Pages 161-174
    5. Michael D. Nelson, T. Jake Samuel, Benjamin E. Young, Ryan Rosenberry, Paul J. Fadel
      Pages 175-205
    6. Sarah Wittry, Diana Molinares, Susan Maltser
      Pages 207-228
    7. Asha Vas, Marsha Neville
      Pages 229-242
    8. Ben Lippe, Brittany Hall
      Pages 243-261
  4. Clinical, Occupational and Functional Rehabilitation for the Aging Population

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Susanne M. Bruyère, Sarah von Schrader, Sara VanLooy
      Pages 281-297
    3. Kelley Bevers, Robert J. Gatchel
      Pages 335-346
    4. John D. Akins, R. Matthew Brothers
      Pages 347-369
    5. Mark J. Haykowsky, Rhys I. Beaudry, Wesley J. Tucker
      Pages 371-381
    6. C. Swank, Marsha Neville, Asha Vas
      Pages 383-397
    7. R. Robinson, C. Noe, S. Jones
      Pages 399-424
    8. Douglas Cohen, Izabela Z. Schultz, Amir A. Sepehry, Alison M. Stewart
      Pages 433-459
    9. Janice Kishi Chow, M. Heather McKay, Noralyn Davel Pickens
      Pages 461-477
  5. Future Research and Practice Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 479-479
    2. Wayne Brewer, Mindy A. Patterson, Christopher T. Ray
      Pages 487-506
    3. John R. Biggan, Emily C. Cunningham
      Pages 507-518
    4. Athena Brindle, Robert J. Gatchel
      Pages 539-559
    5. Robert J. Gatchel, Izabela Z. Schultz, Christopher T. Ray, Marena Hanna, Jin Y. Choi
      Pages 561-567
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 569-583

About this book


This book discusses the state of the research and cutting-edge practice with regard to chronic illnesses and rehabilitation in older adults. It emphasizes biopsychosocial and culturally appropriate rehabilitation approaches to reduce the degree of disability and maximize independence in the activities of daily living among the burgeoning aging population. 

Organized in four sections—Introduction and Overview, Major Illnesses and Problems in Aging Populations, Evaluation of Functional Rehabilitation Approaches for Aging Populations, and Future Clinical Research Needs—the book includes chapters on the “graying” of the West with implications for increased chronic illnesses and disabilities; a review of biopsychosocial rehabilitation approaches; important “aging” issues such as slips-and-falls, musculoskeletal pain, chronic disabling conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, and work-related factors to maintain work engagement in older workers. The US Census Bureau projects that by the year 2030, about 20% of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, contributing to the increased concern about healthcare and rehabilitation issues among older adults. 

This work will be of interest to healthcare, rehabilitation, vocational, human resource and disability management professionals, policy makers as well as researchers in areas of aging, gerontology, chronic illness, disability, rehabilitation, social work, medicine and psychology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Gatchel
    • 1
  • Izabela Z. Schultz
    • 2
  • Christopher T. Ray
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCollege of Science, The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Texas Woman’s UniversityDentonUSA

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