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Written by an internationally renowed authority in geriatric psychiatry, this text discusses the most common emotional problems affecting the elderly: memory loss, depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and others. Each problem is addressed in a consistent format highlighting:
• the nature and scope of the problem
• the etiological factors involved
• a diagnostic workup
• treatment strategies
The focus is on providing the health practitioner with information and specific strategies to diagnose the nature of the problem and to resolve the difficulties, as the situation dictates.
This updated edition includes new information on managed care for older adults—clearly illustrating for the professional how mental health care is financed.
The author's pragmatic, problem-oriented approach and his illustrative case vignettes make the book an invaluable reference for all who work with this challenging, underserved, and rapidly growing population.
Appropriate for: Geriatric Psychiatrists, Geriatricians.
• Who are the Elderly?
• Communicating with the Older Adult Suffering Emotional Problems
• Memory Loss
• Suspiciousness and Agitation
• Hypochondriasis and Other Sometoform Disorders
• Sleeping Problems
• Alcohol and Drug Abuse
• Emotional Problems Associated with Physical Illness
• Working with the Family of the Older Adult Suffering Emotional Problems
• Successful Aging
• Financing the Care for Emotional Problems in Later Life