The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Geriatric Neuropsychiatry / Edition 1by C. Edward Coffey, Jeffrey L. Cummings
Pub. Date: 01/28/1994
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
For most of human history, life expectancy was remarkably stable at about 30--40 years. Within the past 150 years, however, medical advances have virtually doubled that number. The world’s elderly population is growing at 2.4% per year, faster than the rest of the population, with disproportionate increases expected to continue as newer and better treatments
For most of human history, life expectancy was remarkably stable at about 30--40 years. Within the past 150 years, however, medical advances have virtually doubled that number. The world’s elderly population is growing at 2.4% per year, faster than the rest of the population, with disproportionate increases expected to continue as newer and better treatments are found that minimize the disabilities associated with advanced age.
Key to improving the health and quality of life of the elderly is understanding and treating the brain diseases and behavioral disorders that become highly prevalent with age. Geriatric neuropsychiatry is an integrative specialty that draws from many diverse fields, including psychiatry, neurology, neuroscience, and geriatrics. It provides expertise on how to distinguish normal age-related changes from those of disease and disordered brain function.
Edited by two eminent practitioners and educators, the Textbook of Geriatric Neuropsychiatry’s 41 chapters are divided into five major sections. Following a comprehensive introduction to geriatric neuropsychiatry, the editors include detailed chapters about neuropsychiatric assessment and neuropsychiatric aspects of psychiatric disorders and neurological disease in the elderly. They conclude with a discussion of the principles of neuropsychiatric treatment of the elderly.
Exhaustively researched and annotated, this wide-ranging textbook provides a definitive core reference for psychiatry and neurology residents, particularly those pursuing a specialty in geriatrics and for graduate students in psychology, neuropsychology, and related fields.
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Table of Contents
Foreword. Preface. Section I: Introduction to Geriatric Neuropsychiatry. Geriatric neuropsychiatry. Epidemiology of aging. Neurobiology of aging. Neurobiological basis of behavior. Section II: Neuropsychiatric Assessment of the Elderly. Neuropsychiatric assessment. Mental status examination. Neuropsychological assessment. Age-associated memory impairment. Anatomic imaging of the aging human brain: computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Functional brain imaging: cerebral blood flow and glucose metabolism in health human aging. Functional brain imaging: functional magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy Quantitative electroencephalography: neurophysiological alterations in normal aging and in geriatric neuropsychiatric disorders. Section III: Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly. Mood disorders (affective disorders. Late-life-onset psychoses. Anxiety disorders. Substance abuse. Sleep disorders. Pain. Delirium. Contemporary personality psychology. Mental retardation. Aggression. Section IV: Neuropsychiatric Aspects of Neurological Disease in the Elderly. Nondegenerative dementing disorders. Alzheimer's disease and frontal lobe dementia. Hyperkinetic movement disorders. Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism. Stroke. Traumatic brain injury. Epilepsy. Neoplastic, demyelinating, infectious, and inflammatory brain disorders. Medical illnesses and therapies. Neurobehavioral syndromes. Section V: Principles of Neuropsychiatric Treatment of the Elderly. Geriatric neuropsychopharmacology: why does age matter? Psychopharmacology. Electroconvulsive therapy. Psychosocial therapies Neuropsychiatry in nursing homes. Genetic interventions. Rehabilitation. Ethical issues. Competency and related forensic issues. Index.
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