Emotional Problems in Later Life: Intervention Strategies for Professional Caregivers, Second Edition

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Springer Publishing Company, Jan 1, 1998 - Medical - 280 pages

Written by an internationally renowed authority in geriatric psychiatry, this text discusses the most common emotional problems affecting the elderly: memory loss, depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and others. Each problem is addressed in a consistent format highlighting:

  • the nature and scope of the problem
  • the etiological factors involved
  • a diagnostic workup
  • treatment strategies

The focus is on providing the health practitioner with information and specific strategies to diagnose the nature of the problem and to resolve the difficulties, as the situation dictates.

This updated edition includes new information on managed care for older adults--clearly illustrating for the professional how mental health care is financed.

The author's pragmatic, problem-oriented approach and his illustrative case vignettes make the book an invaluable reference for all who work with this challenging, underserved, and rapidly growing population.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Who Are the Elderly?
1
CHAPTER 2 Communicating with the Older Adult Suffering Emotional Problems
17
CHAPTER 3 Memory Loss
33
CHAPTER 4 Depression
61
CHAPTER 5 Suspiciousness and Agitation
89
CHAPTER 6 Anxiety
107
CHAPTER 7 Hypochondriasis and Other Somatoform Disorders
123
CHAPTER 8 Sleeping Problems
143
CHAPTER 9 Alcohol and Drug Abuse
163
CHAPTER 10 Emotional Problems Associated with Physical Illness
181
CHAPTER 11 Bereavement
201
CHAPTER 12 Working with the Family of the Older Adult Suffering Emotional Problems
221
CHAPTER 13 Successful Aging
239
CHAPTER 14 Financing the Care for Emotional Problems in Later Life
253
Index
263
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