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Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment
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Book News Annotation:
Provides practitioners with the latest information on the aging process, its effects on mental health, and how older adults can be helped to lead happier lives. Describes normal processes of aging, then details the assessment and treatment of disorders most commonly experienced by older adults, including Alzheimer's, depression, anxiety, and paranoia. Examines a variety of therapeutic approaches for each disorder, and discusses frequently prescribed medications. A special section is devoted to working with families.
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This volume presents the foundational knowledge and skills that mental health practitioners need to meet the growing needs of our aging population. Thorough coverage is provided of normal aging processes and their effects on intellectual functioning, memory, personality, and other areas. Common psychological problems are discussed, and a comprehensive framework for evaluation and treatment is delineated. Outlining helpful concepts and approaches to guide psychotherapeutic work with this population, the book describes ways to coordinate psychological interventions with psychiatric treatment and supportive services. A special section is devoted to working with families on alleviating caregiver stress, simplifying the senior's living environment, and weighing difficult decisions about the level of assistance a loved one may need. Other topics covered include working as a consultant in nursing homes and dealing with ethical questions around confidentiality and end-of-life issues. An essential resource for clinicians, this book also serves as a text for courses in psychology and aging, gerontology, and geriatric psychology.
Illustrated with abundant clinical material, this book provides essential knowledge and skills for effective mental health practice with older adults. It demonstrates how to evaluate and treat frequently encountered clinical problems in this population, including dementias, mood and anxiety disorders, and paranoid symptoms. Strategies are presented for implementing psychosocial interventions and integrating them with medications. The book also describes insightful approaches for supporting family caregivers and addresses the nuts and bolts of consulting in institutional settings. Combining their expertise as a researcher and an experienced clinician, the authors offer a unique perspective on the challenges facing older adults and how to help them lead more fulfilling and independent lives. Three reproducible forms can also be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-403) and index.
About the Author
Steven H. Zarit, PhD, earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1972, with an emphasis in adult development and aging. He is Professor of Human Development and Assistant Director of the Gerontology Center at Pennsylvania State University and is also Adjunct Professor at the University College of Health Sciences, Sweden. His research, teaching and clinical practice has focused on issues in later life, particularly dementia and family caregiving.
Judy M. Zarit, PhD, earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Aging at the University of Southern California in 1982. She has been in private practice in State College, Pennsylvania since 1986, specializing in neuropsychological assessment of dementia and clinical interventions with older adults. She provides consultation services to nursing homes, dementia units, and assisted living facilities.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Clinical Practice with Older Adults
2. Normal Processes of Aging
3. Disorders of Aging: Dementia, Delirium, and Other Cognitive Problems
4. Mood and Anxiety Disorders
5. Other Common Mental Health Problems in Later Life
6. The Clinical Interview
7. Psychological Testing for Differential Diagnosis and Capacity Evaluations
8. Foundations of Treatment
9. Treatment of Depression
10. Treatment of Anxiety Symptoms
11. Treatment of Paranoid Symptoms
12. Treatment of Dementia
13. Family Caregiving
14. Consultation in Institutional Settings
15. Ethical Issues in Geriatric Psychology
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