Are gerontological nurses apathetic about apathy in order adults?

Annette M. Lane, Sandra P. Hirst

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    Despite its serious health consequences, apathy in older adults is often underrecognized by gerontological nurses and other health care professionals. Within this article, we discuss what apathy is and present a review of the literature and research. Two frameworks emerging from the literature search-one regarding rehabilitation and the other illness-are introduced as ways in which apathy may be conceptualized and addressed. Using these frameworks, implications for gerontological nurses are outlined.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22-28
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan. 2012


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