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Handbook of Rehabilitation in Older Adults

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  • Provides a comprehensive source for understanding chronic illnesses and their rehabilitation in older adults
  • Reviews biopsychosocial rehabilitation approaches to reduce the degree of disability in older adults
  • Discusses work-related factors to maintain work engagement in older workers

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

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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. TheUS 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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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Introduction and Overview

  2. Major Illnesses and Disabilities in the Aging Population

  3. Clinical, Occupational and Functional Rehabilitation for the Aging Population

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Psychology, College of Science, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, USA

    Robert J. Gatchel

  • Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

    Izabela Z. Schultz

  • Texas Woman’s University, Denton, USA

    Christopher T. Ray

About the editors

Dr. Robert Gatchel is the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology and the chairman of the department of psychology, College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds two other positions: clinical research director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the University of Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and director of biopsychosocial research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He received a prestigious Research Scientist Award from NIH and has been honored with awards from various organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Management, the International Association for Dental Research, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the North American Spine Society, to name a few.

Dr. Izabela Z. Schultz is Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Director of Graduate Program in VocationalRehabilitation Counseling in the Department of Educational and Counseling and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Schultz is doubly board certified as diplomate in clinical psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and as diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts. She has received international awards for her innovative research on prediction of occupational disability and professional leadership awards for major contributions to medico-legal aspects of rehabilitation psychology. She has been leading development of best-evidence-informed practice guidelines in early musculoskeletal pain interventions, in work accommodation and retention in mental health, and in assessment and treatment of persons with disabilities.

Dr. Christopher Ray is the founding director of the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity at the University of Texas Arlington and the associate dean of research for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Dr.Ray's research focuses on the development of innovative rehabilitation programs aimed at reducing falls in older adults.  Dr. Ray has numerous current projects determining the effectiveness of cognitive-motor interventions to improve divided attention in older adults. 

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