This book clearly explains when and how different rehabilitation techniques should be applied in the aging patient, thereby enabling readers to identify and apply those rehabilitation strategies that will maximize quality of life and functional independence in individual cases. It is specifically designed for ease of consultation and rapid retrieval of the information most relevant to clinical practice. Prominence is given to the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, with discussion of a very wide range of aspects of rehabilitation in different disease settings. The breadth of coverage is illustrated by the attention paid to less commonly addressed topics such as visual and hearing rehabilitation, the role of robotics and 3D imaging techniques, variations in approach among health care systems, and rehabilitation in end-of-life care. The authors are international academic experts in their fields, guaranteeing a high scientific standard throughout. This manual will be an invaluable tool and source of knowledge for geriatricians and physiatrists but will also appeal to a wider range of clinicians, practitioners, and students.
Stefano Masiero is Full Professor and Director of the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine School at the University of Padua, Italy, as well as Chief of the Rehabilitation Department and Director of the Laboratory of Bioengineering and Clinical Movement at Padua University General Hospital. His areas of particular scientific and clinical interest are the effects of exercise and new tools for neurorehabilitation, functional electrical stimulation, and treatments for spinal, musculoskeletal, and rheumatic diseases. Dr. Masiero has been the coordinator of many national and international research projects in the field of rehabilitation. He is a member of the Italian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SIMFER), the Italian Society of Neurological Rehabilitation (SINR), the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR), and the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM). Dr. Masiero is a member of the editorial boards of many international journals and has authored more than 150 scientific papers on rehabilitation in national and international journals.
Ugo Carraro is a Senior Scholar at Padua University, Italy. He is ex-Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Translational Myology - CIR-Myo as well as ex-Associate Professor of General Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine at the university. Dr. Carraro is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Translational Myology. His research interests have included especially the basics of muscle plasticity and its applications in biomedicine and he has been the recipient of a number of important research grants, including most recently in partnership with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Electrical Stimulation and with support from the EU INTERREG programs. Other earlier projects included research undertaken with the Wilhelminenspital and the Medical University of Vienna (2005-6), work on "Guided healing and reconstruction of myopathic, denervated, ablated and ectopic skeletal muscle" (project manager, 2004-5), and the EU-funded project "RISE: Use of electrical stimulation to restore standing in paraplegics with long-term denervated degenerated muscles (DDM)" (2001-5).
Physical activity and rehabilitation of the elderly.- The biology of aging.- Physical exercise and aging.- Sarcopenia and aging.- Physiotherapy and occupational therapy for frail, older adults.- Physical Therapy modalities for frail older adults.- Orthotics, prosthetics and robotics for the rehabilitation of the elderly.- Clinico-instrumental evaluation for rehabilitation of the elderly.- 3D Color Clinical Imaging of Skeletal Muscle.- Rehabilitation in diseases of the sense organs in older adults.- Pulmonary rehabilitation of the elderly.- Cardiac rehabilitation in the elderly.- Lymphedema rehabilitation of the elderly.- Rehabilitation of older patients with metabolic diseases.- Rehabilitation of older patients with neurological disorders.- Rehabilitation of older patients with mental disorders.- Rehabilitation of older patients with musculoskeletal diseases.- Rehabilitation of elderly patients with gastrointestinal diseases.- Rehabilitation in older cancer patient.- Pelvic floor rehabilitation of the elderly.- Pain treatment for the elderly.- The role of nutrition in rehabilitation in older adults.- Dysphagia rehabilitation of the elderly.- Rehabilitation of older patients with renal diseases.- Hospital and Community based rehabilitation in Europe: comparing different models.- Rehabilitation for end-of-life management.- Future perspectives.