Description: This book covers the field of geriatric psychology, focusing on the fundamentals of assessment and treatment. Written by clinician-researchers in the field, it is a valuable introduction to psychology.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to provide practitioners with the latest information on the aging process, its effect on mental health, and how older adults can be helped to lead healthier, happier, and more independent lives.
Audience: The intended audience is psychologists, graduate students in psychology, and neuropsychologists. Geriatric psychiatrists could also benefit from parts of this book.
Features: Areas covered include such topics as the normal aging process, disorders of aging, later life psychiatric disorders, clinical assessment, psychological testing, and treatment of depression, paranoid disorders, family caregiving, and ethical issues. The book ends with a reference and index section.
Assessment: This is a valuable text that summarizes assessment and treatment issues in geriatric psychology.