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July 14, 1989

Management of the Frail Elderly by the Health Care Team

JAMA. 1989;262(2):291. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430020133045

This text is a welcome addition to the geriatric health care literature. Previous classic texts of medicine and geriatrics provide enlightening discussions of the aging process and aging pathology but give little reference to "realistic" health management of elderly persons. The authors of this book focus their attention on a holistic view of the frail aged person and suggest appropriate management strategies utilizing an interdisciplinary team approach. The reader is directed toward understanding the complexities of aging and the need for the collaborative effort of multiple health disciplines to provide quality geriatric health care.

The book is divided into three major sections. The first provides an overview of aging in America. Topics include societal views of aging, demographic statistics, normal physiological changes of aging, and health promotion strategies. Most noteworthy is a discussion on health promotion and prevention of disease. A definition of preventive health in the elderly is the