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Geriatric Mental Health Care


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Introduction to the Geriatric Imperative. Depression and Anxiety. The Dementias. Psychosis and Mania. Sleep Disturbances. Personality, Somatoform, and Pain Disorders. Individual Psychotherapies for Older Adults. Adapting Principles of Marital, Group, and Family Therapy to the Needs of Older Patients. Sexuality. Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Self-Injurious Behaviors. Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Recognition and Reduction of Suicide Risk. Mental Health Consultation in the General Hospital, Home, or Nursing Facility. Legal and Ethical Issues. Advice on Exercise and Nutrition.

About the Author

Gary J. Kennedy, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and the Psychogeriatric Fellowship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. He is also Supervising Psychiatrist of the Geriatric Unit at Bronx Psychiatric Center. More than 30 psychiatrists have completed geriatric training under his direction. Dr. Kennedy's research and teaching have focused on cardiac arrhythmias, the epidemiology of depression and dementia, and mental health care in nursing homes and in the community.


'A useful reference for the student and generalist concerned with the life problems and mental health of elders. For a single author to be able to encompass this body of knowledge is remarkable, and Kennedy does it well.' - American Journal of Psychotherapy 'It is noteworthy that Dr. Kennedy gives special consideration to the complexities of providing consultation in nursing homes, on home visits, and to other health care agencies. Specific guidance on navigating this unchartered territory is both practical and valuable... Geriatric Mental Health Care is a timely endeavour written by one of the leading educators in geriatric psychiatry to guide and instruct health care professionals at every level in working with the elderly.' - Psychiatric Services 'At once focused and comprehensive, chapters provide concise overviews of the main areas of geriatric psychiatry - such as late-life depression - as well as useful reference material. Perhaps the greatest strengths of the book, however, lie in its coverage of lesser-understood topics such as elder abuse/neglect and personality disorders.' - Dan Blazer, MD, PhD, Duke University Medical Center 'This valuable text will improve the clinical care and support that generalist practitioners can offer to older people and their caregivers.' - Mathay Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN, The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University Division of Nursing 'Relevant for many types of professionals, including nonpsychiatric physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, administrators, and others who work with older people... The case examples are very useful for everyday practice, as are tables providing quick reviews of topics as diverse as pharmacologic treatments for depression, decision-making competence, and types of sleep disorder.' - M. Powell Lawton, PhD, Philadelphia Geriatric Center

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