Review: "Noted critic, novelist and essayist Sheed recounts his recovery from three major illnesses in this highly personal, torturous, oddly exhilarating chronicle. The first illness, polio, struck in 1945 when he was 14. With unbridled optimism, Sheed struggled for years with a disease that ``seemed much more like a vacation from the pains of growing up than an addition to them.'' The book's centerpiece, his plunge into depression triggered by addiction to sleeping pills and alcohol in his mid-50s, unfolds a nightmare of panic attacks, manic highs, proliferating phobias and suicidal dementia. Sheed found scant relief through a stay in a sanatorium, antidepressants or lithium, on all of which he heaps scorn. His recovery seemed to follow its own logic and inner mechanisms of healing. Diagnosed with cancer in 1991, he underwent operations of the tongue and neck, as well as radiation treatments, a two-year ordeal he describes with wit and gallantry." -- Reed Elsevier Inc.
Discusses the most common causes of falls in the geriatric patient, as well as individualized assessment to identify the patient at risk. Explores a variety of effective interventions which can be used in caring for the patient at high risk of falling. Focuses on alternatives to physical and chemical restraints including environmental adaptations and reconditioning.
This video is for seniors who are still living independently in the community, it is not a video for frail seniors. The first 10 minutes of this video involves seniors talking about their experiences of having had a fall, what they have learned from these experiences and how they have managed to build daily physical exercise into their days. Facilitated by a seniors fitness instructor and two Tai Chi teachers, the exercise routine can be used to lead a group of seniors through the exercises or it can by used by individuals at home as a daily fitness program. The exercises take about 20 minutes.