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Health and Wellbeing in Late Life

Perspectives and Narratives from India

Authors: Chatterjee, Prasun

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  • First of its kind book to focus on preparing for graceful ageing within the existing social fabric both at individual and societal level
  • Includes narratives from the elderly patients and their family members
  • Explains issues of multiple generations related to the aging population with a focus on intergenerational solidarity
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This open access book takes a multidisciplinary approach to provide a holistic understanding of late old age, and situates the aged person within the context of family, caregivers, clinical and other institutions. All through the book, the author discusses preparedness for an aging individual as well as the society in the Indian context. The book highlights inevitable but mostly neglected health issues like depression, dementia, fall, and frailty and provides detailed analyses of solutions that are practicable in low resource settings. It also brings up intergenerational differences and harmony in the context of holistic care of older Indians. 
Alongside clinical perspectives, the book uses narratives of elderly patients to dwell on the myriad of problems and issues that constitute old age healthcare. Demonstrating cases that range from the most influential to the most underprivileged elderly in India, the book enlightens multiple caregivers—doctors, nurses, and professional caregivers as well as family members—about the dynamic approach required in dealing with complex issues related to late old age. The narratives make the book relatable and interesting to non-academic readers, with important lessons for gerontological and geriatric caregiving. It is also of use to older adults in preparing for active aging. 

About the authors

Dr Prasun Chatterjee, M.D., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Geriatric Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi. He is one of the few trained elderly care physicians in India and a member of the Indian Academy of Geriatrics. He has worked extensively in the field of geriatrics and gerontology, and has multiple publications on important geriatric concerns like frailty syndromes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and other geriatric syndromes. He was awarded the best paper at Gericon 2009. His academic background ranges from his training in psychiatry, pulmonology, to M.D. in Geriatric Medicine from Madras Medical College, and this has given him a broad base to holistically approach his elderly patients. He is a founder president of a non-profit organization, Healthy Aging India, which has a vision to provide dignity and autonomy to elderly through intergenerational empowerment. He has been given the Pride of Chennai award for his community service by Padmashree Professor V.S. Natarajan. 

Reviews

“With this wonderful and thoughtful book about aging, full of compassion and wisdom that will serve many generations, Dr Prasun Chatterjee brings warmth and scholarship, in equal measure, to a subject that is both difficult and urgently needs examination. A must read book.” (Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Department of Medicine, Columbia University, New York, USA, Recipient of Padma Shri Award in 2014 and Pulitzer Prize in 2011) 

“The book brings the high-stakes challenge of aging to life – through the eyes of a skilled, experienced, observant, and empathetic geriatrician.” (Professor David E. Bloom, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) 

“A very well written book about the challenges one faces with Aging. Prasun Chatterjee in a compassionate manner takes the reader through many issues ranging end of life care to how to conquer the aging of frailty." (Professor Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Understanding Frailty: The Science and Beyond

    Pages 1-20

    Chatterjee, Prasun

  • Living with Failing Memory: A Caregiver’s Perspective

    Pages 21-36

    Chatterjee, Prasun

  • Panorama of Cancer

    Pages 37-62

    Chatterjee, Prasun

  • Meaningful Engagement: An Option or Not

    Pages 63-74

    Chatterjee, Prasun

  • Constipation: More than Just “A Symptom”

    Pages 75-92

    Chatterjee, Prasun

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-981-13-8938-2
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 52,74 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-8937-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Health and Wellbeing in Late Life
Book Subtitle
Perspectives and Narratives from India
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-8938-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-8938-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-8937-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 195
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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