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Mental Disorders in Older Adults
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Steven Zarit - Awarded the Gerontological Society of America 2009 Distinguished Career Contribution Award. Now in a revised and expanded second edition, this book provides foundational knowledge and skills for mental health practice with older adults and their caregivers. The authors draw on research and clinical expertise to comprehensively address normal aging processes, frequently encountered clinical problems, and effective approaches to evaluation, psychotherapy, family support, and consultation in institutional settings. Updated throughout with the latest knowledge, the second edition features many new case examples, a new chapter on treating anxiety, and innovative assessment strategies. Increased attention is given to different forms of dementia and how to distinguish among them. Coverage of psychopharmacology and combined treatments also has been expanded.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Clinical Practice with Older Adults 2. Normal Processes of Aging 3. Disorders of Aging: Dementia, Delirium, and Other Cognitive Problems 4. Mood and Anxiety Disorders 5. Other Common Mental Health Problems in Later Life 6. The Clinical Interview 7. Psychological Testing for Differential Diagnosis and Capacity Evaluations 8. Foundations of Treatment 9. Treatment of Depression 10. Treatment of Anxiety Symptoms 11. Treatment of Paranoid Symptoms 12. Treatment of Dementia 13. Family Caregiving 14. Consultation in Institutional Settings 15. Ethical Issues in Geriatric Psychology

About the Author

Steven H. Zarit, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA and Judy M. Zarit, PhD, Private Practice, State College, PA, USA

Reviews

"Knowledge and understanding in the field of mental health in later life has developed so much over the last decade that this second edition, which is comprehensive in scope and yet detailed and thorough in its approach, is a major achievement. I will recommend it equally to clinical psychologists-in-training and to experienced colleagues, and will use it with our psychology undergraduates taking elective courses in this field... There is so much clinical wisdom in this book that reading it is comparable to a supervision session with a really experienced clinician. The tone of the book is refreshing: optimism and hope emerge from every page, grounded in a realistic appraisal of what can be achieved and in respect for the value of each older person and his or her caregivers." - Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology with Older People, University of Wales, Bangor, UK "This work offers an outstanding blend of scientific fact and clinical utility. The fields of gerontology and geriatrics have evolved substantially since the publication of the first edition, and this second edition captures the latest scientific advances for students and clinicians alike. Diagnosis of dementias, for example, is a complex and difficult task, but the authors make it clear and understandable with examples and tables." - Jerome Yesavage, MD, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA "This important, inspiring book is destined for the 'must-read' list of students in psychology, geriatrics, social work, nursing, and other health professions who are interested in working with older people and their families. With this revised text, Zarit and Zarit have succeeded once more in providing mental health professionals with a clear and well-written reference tool for their own clinical practice. Of particular benefit to students and practicing clinicians alike are the useful and practical case examples that illustrate the key concepts presented in each chapter." - Lynn Friss Feinberg, MSW, National Center on Caregiving, Family Caregiver Alliance, USA "Liberally illustrated with case examples, this book artfully blends clinical expertise and research findings to provide sound guidance and proven approaches to assessment and intervention. It is no short order to write a book that appeals to students, to experienced practitioners seeking to build their skills for working with older adults, and to researchers seeking a broad foundation in clinical concepts, but Zarit and Zarit have successfully achieved that goal. I found the chapters on assessment to be particularly well done. I would use this book as a resource in undergraduate psychiatric nursing courses or as a supplemental text in clinical courses for family, adult, or psychiatric nurse practitioners." - Donna L. Algase, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Center on Frail and Vulnerable Elders, University of Michigan School of Nursing, USA

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