Integrated Textbook of Geriatric Mental Health

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As the population ages, increasing numbers of older people require the attention and services of mental health professionals. Despite their prevalence, however, mental health problems in this population often go undiagnosed and therefore untreated. This textbook offers medical students and professionals the information they need to care for older people with mental disorders.

Drs. Donna Cohen and Carl Eisdorfer, two internationally recognized experts in geriatric mental health, provide a comprehensive framework within which students and practitioners alike can address the salient issues of the field. These include the biopsychosocial aging processes, specific pathologies prevalent in later life, social issues common to the elderly, the delivery of care in various settings, and the economic policies affecting services for older people.

The authors’ goal is not only to enhance clinical practice but also to urge physicians to develop and coordinate a more holistic care strategy that acknowledges the complex challenges of older patients. To this end, Cohen and Eisdorfer discuss essential principles of optimal care, the latest research findings, evidence- and consensus-based practice standards, resources to help professionals keep abreast of the changing mental health landscape, and ethical dilemmas of clinical practice and research.

The signal strength of this book lies in its integrated approach, an approach that emphasizes the philosophy and principles of caring for older people along with clinical practices and issues. From this broader perspective, the authors describe the many factors that influence the lives, health, and well-being of older patients and their caregivers, making this an ideal text for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

International Psychogeriatrics - Agwawumma Edo-Ukeh

A manual that provides a solid grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of the care of the elderly mentally ill... Every clinician working directly in the field of old age psychiatry will have something to gain from it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421400983
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 934,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Cohen, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. Carl Eisdorfer, M.D., Ph.D., is Knight Professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami, where he is also a professor of psychology and of family and community medicine. They are coauthors of a number of books and numerous scientific articles, including The Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and Seven Steps to Effective Parent Care: A Planning and Action Guide for Adult Children with Aging Parents.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I Conceptual Foundations

1 Geriatric Mental Health Care in the Twenty-first Century 3

2 Concepts Underlying Geriatric Mental Health Care 12

Part II A Clinical Guide

3 Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment 29

4 Interviewing and Developing an Alliance 40

5 Age-Related Changes in Cognition in Later Life 51

6 Cognitive Impairment in Older Persons 60

7 Alzheimer Disease 69

8 Other Dementias 83

9 Managing the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia 97

10 Mood Disorders 106

11 Anxiety Disorders 125

12 Schizophrenia in Later Life 136

13 Alcohol Abuse, Substance Abuse, and Medication Mismanagement 143

14 Other Psychiatric Disorders and Behavioral Conditions 154

15 Family Caregiving 170

Part III Special Clinical Issues

16 Assessing the Capacity of Older Persons 183

17 Elder Abuse 197

18 Violent Deaths 214

19 Disasters and Terrorism 224

20 End-of-Life Care 232

21 Geriatric Mental Health Policies 248

References 263

Index 317

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