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Geriatric Psychiatry Basicsby Kenneth Sakauye
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This is also true in psychiatry, where the number of geriatric psychiatry specialists falls far short of the need. Because of this unbalance, general psychiatrists--many of whom have little or no training or experience in dealing with older adults and their specific issues--are now being called upon to offer care to this population.
In this book, Sakauye covers issues fundamental to the field of geriatric psychiatry that are not addressed well in general adult training:
While specialists will find it a useful resource for brushing up on fundamentals, Geriatric Psychiatry Basics is the ideal handbook for non-specialists who need a quick reference or primer on the issues central to geriatric care. In it, Sakauye, a geriatric psychiatrist who worked closely with the elderly victims of Hurricane Katrina, explores the most commonly encountered issues and problems--from memory impairment, Alzheimer's, delirium, dementia, and cognitive disorders, to depression, psychosis, anxiety, substance abuse, somatoform, and sleep disorders.
Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment options, including pharmacotherapy, are addressed for each presenting problem, and "clinical pearls"--nuggets of critical information, common pitfalls, differentiation protocols between normal and abnormal behavior, etc.--are clearly addressed. The use of psychotherapeutic interventions for older adults as well as psychiatric care in nursing homes and other inpatient facilities is also explained, making this an immensely practical and user-friendly handbook for all mental health professionals on how to deliver proper geriatric mental health services.
Issues of elderly mental health treatment and care presented for the general practitioner.
As the client population ages, more and more general psychiatrists are being called on to care for elderly patients without having specific training in geriatric issues. These practitioners need an authoritative and quick reference for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment options specific to this age group. Topics covered include memory impairment versus dementia versus Alzheimer's, delirium, agitation, depression, psychosis, sleep complaints, substance abuse, family issues, and psychopharmacology.
Doctors who know something about working with the elderly are in greater demand than ever before.
A concise primer to understanding the fundamentals of elderly mental health care.
As the client population ages, more general psychiatrists are being called upon to care for elderly patients. This authoritative, quick reference on geriatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues—including memory impairment, Alzheimer's, dementia, depression, psychosis, substance abuse, and more—is the ideal companion for non-specialized practitioners.
About the Author
Kenneth Sakauye, M.D., is Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. He is also Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Services for a consortium of teaching hospitals in the Memphis area. Recipient of the 2005 American Psychiatric Association's Career Achievement Award, he is secretary treasurer and board member of the America Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). He has been co-editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and has written extensively for Geriatric Times and Psychiatric Times.
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