As the number of elderly patients continues to climb, becoming aware of the special needs of elderly clients grows in importance. Facilitating environments that build social support systems is beneficial to the elderly in overall health, the ability to remain independent, and the opportunity to process negative events through social interaction, allowing a progression through the developmental task of ego integrity versus despair. The elderly are at risk of deficits in social support; therefore, health care providers must realize the importance of social support for the elderly, assess for deficits in support, and provide appropriate options to bolster support systems. This process goes beyond the traditional survival environmental assessment of safety and function and facilitates a thriving environment that is nurturing and increases the potential for health and growth.
Long-term effectiveness of a group program for caregivers of frail elderly veterans.
Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1992 Oct;62(4):575-88. doi: 10.1037/h0079385.PMID: 1443066 Clinical Trial.
Giving up and replacing activities in response to illness.
J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2002 Jul;57(4):P367-76. doi: 10.1093/geronb/57.4.p367.PMID: 12084787
Beyond performance: being in place as a component of occupational therapy.
Am J Occup Ther. 1991 Mar;45(3):265-71. doi: 10.5014/ajot.45.3.265.PMID: 2031526
Assessment of social relationships in elderly patients.
Int J Psychiatry Med. 1990;20(1):65-84. doi: 10.2190/G6CX-YCGL-HAB3-8BMC.PMID: 2197243 Review.
Health promotion among the elderly.
WHO Reg Publ Eur Ser. 1991;37:341-63.PMID: 1817544 Review. No abstract available.