Nursing care of the elderly mentally impaired patient

  • Peggy Martin


Ageing is a normal part of the life cycle. Birth and death, childhood and senility, and adolescence and elderliness have mutual characteristics. Birth and death signify the beginning and the end (Robinson, 1983).


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References and Further Reading


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