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Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment
     

Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment

by Steven H. Zarit, Judy M. Zarit
 

This volume presents the foundational knowledge and skills that mental health practitioners need to meet the growing needs of our aging population. Thorough coverage is provided of normal aging processes and their effects on intellectual functioning, memory, personality, and other areas. Common psychological problems are discussed, and a comprehensive framework for

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This volume presents the foundational knowledge and skills that mental health practitioners need to meet the growing needs of our aging population. Thorough coverage is provided of normal aging processes and their effects on intellectual functioning, memory, personality, and other areas. Common psychological problems are discussed, and a comprehensive framework for evaluation and treatment is delineated. Outlining helpful concepts and approaches to guide psychotherapeutic work with this population, the book describes ways to coordinate psychological interventions with psychiatric treatment and supportive services. A special section is devoted to working with families on alleviating caregiver stress, simplifying the senior's living environment, and weighing difficult decisions about the level of assistance a loved one may need. Other topics covered include working as a consultant in nursing homes and dealing with ethical questions around confidentiality and end-of-life issues. An essential resource for clinicians, this book also serves as a text for courses in psychology and aging, gerontology, and geriatric psychology.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
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.
2 Stars from Doody
Michael J. Schrift
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. 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. The intended audience is psychologists, graduate students in psychology, and neuropsychologists. Geriatric psychiatrists could also benefit from parts of this book. 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. This is a valuable text that summarizes assessment and treatment issues in geriatric psychology.
Booknews
Provides practitioners with the latest information on the aging process, its effects on mental health, and how older adults can be helped to lead happier lives. Describes normal processes of aging, then details the assessment and treatment of disorders most commonly experienced by older adults, including Alzheimer's, depression, anxiety, and paranoia. Examines a variety of therapeutic approaches for each disorder, and discusses frequently prescribed medications. A special section is devoted to working with families. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572303683
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Steven H. Zarit, PhD, earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1972, with an emphasis in adult development and aging. He is Professor of Human Development and Assistant Director of the Gerontology Center at Pennsylvania State University and is also Adjunct Professor at the University College of Health Sciences, Sweden. His research, teaching and clinical practice has focused on issues in later life, particularly dementia and family caregiving.

Judy M. Zarit, PhD, earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Aging at the University of Southern California in 1982. She has been in private practice in State College, Pennsylvania since 1986, specializing in neuropsychological assessment of dementia and clinical interventions with older adults. She provides consultation services to nursing homes, dementia units, and assisted living facilities.

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