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Physical Illness and Depression in Older Adults

A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Practice

Physical Illness and Depression in Older Adults by Gail M. Williamson
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Aging is inevitable-A "psychological recession" is not . . . As I go about my daily life, I read and hear about the sometimes scary things that are happening to other people. As the saying goes, bad news sells newspapers. But I u- ally can take some solace in reasoning that this bad stuff assuredly will not occur in my life. After reading this book, however, one message has gotten through–I cannot d- miss "those" older people described in the various chapters as being dissimilar to me. After all, "old person" is a term that can be applied to me in a few more years. On this point, I once heard the following rhetorical question applied to the prejudice actions of the TV character Archie Bunker: "What would he say about "those" Puerto Ricans, if, on his next birthday, he knew that he would become a Puerto Rican?" As to aging, we best pay close attention because we soon will be "those" elders. This is why the alarming facts of this book-that our elders often are experiencing elevatedlevelsofphysicalillnessesanddepression–grabbedmebytheproverbialthroat.
Springer US; May 2006
385 pages; ISBN 9780306471780
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Title: Physical Illness and Depression in Older Adults
Author: Gail M. Williamson; David R. Shaffer; Patricia A. Parmelee
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