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Integrated Textbook of Geriatric Mental Health

As the population ages, increasing numbers of older people require the attention and services of mental health professionals. Despite their prevalence, however, mental health problems in this population often go undiagnosed and therefore untreated. This textbook offers medical students and professionals the information they need to care for older people with mental disorders.

Drs. Donna Cohen and Carl Eisdorfer, two internationally recognized experts in geriatric mental health, provide a comprehensive framework within which students and practitioners alike can address the salient issues of the field. These include the biopsychosocial aging processes, specific pathologies prevalent in later life, social issues common to the elderly, the delivery of care in various settings, and the economic policies affecting services for older people.

The authors’ goal is not only to enhance clinical practice but also to urge physicians to develop and coordinate a more holistic care strategy that acknowledges the complex challenges of older patients. To this end, Cohen and Eisdorfer discuss essential principles of optimal care, the latest research findings, evidence- and consensus-based practice standards, resources to help professionals keep abreast of the changing mental health landscape, and ethical dilemmas of clinical practice and research.

The signal strength of this book lies in its integrated approach, an approach that emphasizes the philosophy and principles of caring for older people along with clinical practices and issues. From this broader perspective, the authors describe the many factors that influence the lives, health, and well-being of older patients and their caregivers, making this an ideal text for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers.

About the Authors

Donna Cohen, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. Carl Eisdorfer, M.D., Ph.D., is Knight Professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami, where he is also a professor of psychology and of family and community medicine. They are coauthors of a number of books and numerous scientific articles, including The Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and Seven Steps to Effective Parent Care: A Planning and Action Guide for Adult Children with Aging Parents.

Endorsementss

There are several excellent works by other leaders in the field but none provides as extensive an overview, from basic concepts of assessment to advanced principles of intervention, as this. The authors’ humanism makes their treatment of the complex array of factors determining the well-being of older adults readable and navigable. Readers will find that the combination of scientific evidence and clinical humanism makes this work a truly Integrated Textbook of Geriatric Mental Health.

- Gary J. Kennedy, M.D., Montefiore Medical Center

We have come to expect superb publications from the writing team of Cohen and Eisdorfer. Their latest contribution doesn't disappoint. It is beautifully written, comprehensive, and logically organized. The authors have created a textbook that integrates state-of-the-science information with broad-based appeal—one that is useful to students and practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

- Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., R.N., University of Iowa College of Nursing

Reviews

A manual that provides a solid grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of the care of the elderly mentally ill... Every clinician working directly in the field of old age psychiatry will have something to gain from it.

- Agwawumma Edo-Ukeh - International Psychogeriatrics
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