Neurocognitive Disorders in Aging

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SAGE, 2005 - Social Science - 333 pages

Neurocognitive Disorders in Aging offers an excellent introduction to the common disorders that cause cognitive and related behavioral impairments in older people. The book prepares readers to readily identify abnormal behavior and make inferences about the underlying pathology, likely diagnoses, and possible treatment of those disorders. Throughout the book, author Daniel Kempler emphasizes the links between brain dysfunction, cognitive impairment, diagnosis, and treatment.


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Brain Basics 17
Stroke and Other Focal Neurological Disorders 39
Disorders of Language 51
Disorders of Written Language 73
Visuospatial Deficits 105
Disorders of Recognition 123
ProblemSolving Deficits 137
Delirium and Depression 203
Movement Disorders 219
Successful Cognitive and Physical Aging 237
Glossary 245
References 261
Sources of Illustrations 297
Subject Index 313
About the Author 331

Disturbances of Memory 157
Dementia 179

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Daniel Kempler earned Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics and obtained clinical training and a certificate of clinical competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Since 2002, he has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College in Boston. Prior to this, he held simultaneous positions as Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Gerontology at the University of Southern California and Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinics at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. He has worked as both a teacher and a clinician. Dr. Kempler's research centers around the theme of understanding the neurological and psychological processes underlying speech and languge abilities by studying communication disorders due to brain injury. In collaboration with colleagues, he has developed several tests used to assess understanding of idioms and proverbs, non-verbal reasoning, and sentence comprehension, as well as a battery to assess dementia in several cultural and language groups. He has written or co-authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. He provides professional and community service in many areas, from initiating and coordinating a support group for Parkinsonians and their families, to serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Speech-Language Hearing Research and a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Aphasia.

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