Resource Bank™

Books help your patients get fit and age gracefully

Case managers who work with seniors know that safe exercise prevents many complications of chronic illness, as well as lessening the risk of falls and other complications of aging. The Center for the Study of Aging in Albany, NY, has several resources designed to keep seniors active throughout life.

To order any of the resources described in this article, contact the Center for the Study of Aging, 706 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208-3604. Telephone: (518) 465-6927. Fax: (518) 462-1339. E-mail:

  • Who? Me?! Exercise? Safe Exercise for People over 50. This 42-page booklet contains sensible advice and reasonable guidelines to help mature adults who are not exercising start to change their lifestyles and improve their health. It also includes suggestions for alternative activities for adults with physical problems. The humorous book includes illustrations and exercises.

    The cost is $3.95 plus postage ($1.75 for the first booklet and $.75 for each additional booklet). Quantity discounts are available.
  • Safe Therapeutic Exercise for the Frail Elderly: An Introduction (2nd Edition). This 162-page book is used as textbook in physical therapy schools, nursing homes, assisted-living centers, and home care agencies. The easy-to-read, illustrated manual highlights safe therapeutic exercises and introduces a variety of creative activities and programs to motivate and improve mobility and muscle strength in older adults. It includes programs for the bedridden and persons with Alzheimer’s disease. The exercises have been tested for more than 30 years.

    The cost is $14.95 plus postage ($3.95 for the first book and $1.50 for each additional book).
  • Volume I: Prevention and Human Aging. This 285-page book is the first in a series titled Lifelong Health and Fitness. The multidisciplinary volume brings new meaning to prevention and health by covering prevention of disease and looking at holistic health. Readers are challenged to encourage older adults to take responsibility for their physical and mental health and quality of life.

    Volume I includes the latest research on managing and improving the health of older adults. It presents moral and ethical questions arising from living longer and suggests new ways to enlist older adults in the effort to enhance their own wellness and prevent disease. In addition, the book describes practical medical, rehabilitative, and environmental techniques that help individuals take responsibility for improving their health and adding meaning to their lives.

    Issues covered include:
    • — prevention of repetitive hospital admissions in elderly patients with congestive heart failure;

      — prescribed postoperative exercise;

      — functional health status as a predictor of healthy aging and health care utilization;

      — application of the revised physical activity readiness questionnaire to a community sample of low-income, minority, older adults;

      — memory improvement through a dietary supplement;

      — the spiritual, religious, and existential aspects of prevention;

      — individual responsibility in allocating scarce resources;

      — preventing falls among the elderly in communities;

      — minimizing complications while maximizing quality of life in the hospitalized elderly.

    The cost is $19.95 for the paperback edition or $39.95 for the cloth edition, plus postage ($3.95 for the first book and $1.50 for each additional book).