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A much needed practical nursing text addressing the complex problems posed by the growing number of elderly people with mental health problems. The book can be used as an everyday companion for qualified nurses or for teaching health care assistants and students about practical interventions, therapeutic approaches and for developing knowledge and attitudes. Wider issues are considered, including the care continuum through acute to continuing care, and different care environments.

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book explains the most common mental health needs of older people, covering the theory of the development of mental illness in this age group, therapeutic approaches, and practical interventions. Key areas discussed include attitudes of practitioners, the challenging of stereotypical views, and guidance on good care practices."

Age Concern 'Information Circular', March 1999

"A most welcome addition to the literature for all those working in this specialist area. Acknowledgement that expert nursing does take place within this area is a breath of fresh air and a fact of which all working in this field should frequently be reminded.

The book covers a wide and relevant list of topics, is well supported by references and above all is interesting to read. This interest is generated by the spirit of debate and discussion of the contributors. This challenges the reader to stop and reflect upon their own practice, service developments and the key tasks of meeting the older person's unique needs.

...a very useful and enjoyable text."

Aging and Mental Health, 2000

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing)
Description: This small book addresses common mental health needs and underlying myths and stereotypes that influence meeting the needs of elderly patients.
Purpose: The purpose, as stated in the foreword, is to clarify "some of the attributes of expert nursing which take place with older people who have mental health needs."
Audience: This book is intended as an "everyday companion for registered nurses, as well as a useful resource for teaching health assistants and students." Given such an audience, it is written at the appropriate level.
Features: Key features of this book include: practical advice for dealing with everyday problems; an in depth examination of common mental health problems, to improve understanding of clients' needs; and a positive approach challenging stereotypical views and giving guidance for good care practices. The major strength of this book is the extraordinarily positive approach to some very challenging clinical care issues in meeting the mental health needs of the elderly — a major feat! However, the chapters are written unevenly, and most have outdated references (before 1994), while others consist of contemporary citations (since 1995). The most important limitation however, is that the book fails to provide adequate detail for enabling basic practitioners of nursing to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary for dealing practically with these care issues.
Assessment: This book is written clearly and at the appropriate level for the target audience. Moreover, excellent academic discussions of the various common mental health needs of this patient population are provided.
Marquis D. Foreman
This small book addresses common mental health needs and underlying myths and stereotypes that influence meeting the needs of elderly patients. The purpose, as stated in the foreword, is to clarify ""some of the attributes of expert nursing which take place with older people who have mental health needs."" This book is intended as an ""everyday companion for registered nurses, as well as a useful resource for teaching health assistants and students."" Given such an audience, it is written at the appropriate level. Key features of this book include: practical advice for dealing with everyday problems; an in depth examination of common mental health problems, to improve understanding of clients' needs; and a positive approach challenging stereotypical views and giving guidance for good care practices. The major strength of this book is the extraordinarily positive approach to some very challenging clinical care issues in meeting the mental health needs of the elderly -- a major feat! However, the chapters are written unevenly, and most have outdated references (before 1994), while others consist of contemporary citations (since 1995). The most important limitation however, is that the book fails to provide adequate detail for enabling basic practitioners of nursing to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary for dealing practically with these care issues. This book is written clearly and at the appropriate level for the target audience. Moreover, excellent academic discussions of the various common mental health needs of this patient population are provided.
Booknews
Ten contributions by professionals discuss the most common mental health needs of the elderly, covering practical interventions and therapeutic approaches, as well as the attitudes and behavior of the practitioner. Topics include stereotypes, mental illness, acute confusional states, depression, challenging behavior, dealing with dilemmas, and quality assurance in hospitals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750624404
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/23/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RCN FOCUS Group Treasurer; Charge Nurse, Seacroft Hospital, Leeds, UK

RCN FOCUS Vice Chair; Mental Health Services Manager, Westminster Healthcare, UK

RCN FOCUS Group; Clinical Nurse Manager, Priority Healthcare, Wearside, Sunderland, UK

Formerly Head of Nursing Development, Camden and Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust, Chair of RCN Focus on Older People, Nursing and Mental Health

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Table of Contents

Exploring the myths and stereotypes of mental health in old age; Social construction of old age and its impact on mental health; Mental illness in old age; Developing therapeutic nursing relationships with older people; Supporting the carers of older people with mental health needs; Acute confusional states; Depression in old age; Challenging behaviour; Dealing with dilemmas; Quality assurance and standard setting in hospitals

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