At a time when the mental health difficulties/disorders of the
elderly are coming to the fore of many practitioners' patient
rosters, naming and treating those problems is still too often
handled as an art as much as a science. Inconsistent practices
based on clinical experience and intuition rather than hard
scientific evidence of efficacy have for too long been the basis of
much treatment. Evidence-based practices help to alleviate some of
the confusion, allowing the practitioner to develop quality
practice guidelines that can be applied to the client, identify
appropriate literature that can be shared with the client,
communicate with other professionals from a knowledge-guided frame
of reference, and continue a process of self-learning that results
in the best possible treatment for clients.
The proposed volume will provide practitioners with a
state-of-the-art compilation of evidence-based practices in the
assessment and treatment of elderly clients. As such it will be
more clinically useful than anything currently on the market and
will better enable practitioners to meet the demands faced in
private and institutional practice. Focusing on the most current
research and best evidence regarding assessment, diagnosis, and
treatment, the volume covers difficulties including, but not
limited to: social isolation/loneliness, elder abuse/neglect,
depression and suicidal inclinations, anxiety disorders, substance
abuse, dementias, prolonged bereavement, patients with terminal
Because concrete research evidence is so often not used as the
basis for practice, this book provides a timely guide for
clinicians, social workers, and advanced students to a
research-oriented approach to serving the mental health needs of
Fully covers assessment, diagnosis & treatment of the elderly,
focusing on evidence-based practices
Consolidates broadly distributed literature into single source and
specifically relates evidence-based tools to practical treatment,
saving clinicians time in obtaining and translating information and
improving the level of care they can provide
Detailed how-to explanation of practical evidence-based treatment
Gives reader firm grasp of how to more effectively treat patients
Chapters directly address the range of conditions and disorders
most common for this patient population - i.e. social isolation,
elder abuse/neglect, depression, anxiety disorders, terminal
illnesses/disabilites, bereavement, substance abuse, and
Prepares readers for the conditions they will encounter in real
world treamtent of an elderly patient population
Cites numerous case studies and provides integrative questions at
the end of each chapter
Exposes reader to real-world application of each treatment
Offers reader easy base for further study of subject, saving
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