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Faculty of Nursing authors tackle transitions of aging in new book

UToday HomeMay 21, 2013

Authors (from left) Sandra Hirst, Annette Lane, and Marlette Reed.Authors (from left) Sandra Hirst, Annette Lane, and Marlette Reed.Aging should be a time of renewal and creativity, says Faculty of Nursing assistant professor Annette Lane. An example of her own creativity will appear on bookshelves this summer: Older Adults: Understanding and Facilitating Transitions.

Lane, whose research focusses on geriatric mental health, shares authorship of the book with Sandra Hirst, associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing, and Marlette Reed, a palliative care chaplain. Lane explains that older adults face many transitions, sometimes simultaneously, with life-changing implications.

“The sheer magnitude of these shifts, such as strokes or dementias leading to nursing home placement, can overwhelm older adults and their family members," she says. "They can lead older adults and family members to question the meaning and purpose of life.”

Within the book, Lane, Hirst and Reed address how transitions are conceptualized across the life span, the various transitions faced by older adults (retirement, life-changing illness, relocation, dying and death), as well as existential and family implications that may be experienced during the transitions.

This book is pertinent for nurses, social workers, and other health and human service professionals working with older adults and their family members. 

Older Adults: Understanding and Facilitating Transitions will be available through Kendall Hunt publishers within the next few months. For more information, contact Margaret Bru, editor for Kendall Hunt, at


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