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Geriatric Neuropsychology

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Introduction I. Geriatric Neuropsychological Assessment A. Assessment of Common Geriatric Conditions 1. An Integrated Model for Geriatric Neuropsychological Assessment, Guy G. Potter and Deborah K. Attix 2. Normal Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment, Glenn Smith and Beth K. Rush 3. Neurodegenerative Dementias, Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer and Lauren H. Warren 4. Stable and Slowly Progressive Dementias, M. Allison Cato and Bruce A. Crosson 5. Potentially Reversible Cognitive Symptoms in Older Adults, Wes S. Houston and Mark W. Bondi B. Specific Considerations 6. Using Norms in Neuropsychological Assessment of the Elderly, Robyn M. Busch, Gordon J. Chelune, and Yana Suchy 7. Functional Assessment, Daniel Marson and Katina R. Hebert 8. Cultural Issues, Jennifer J. Manly 9. Feedback, Joanne Green II. Geriatric Neuropsychological Intervention A. Cognitive Training and Compensatory Techniques 10. An Integrated Model for Geriatric Neuropsychological Intervention, Deborah K. Attix 11. Training of Cognitive and Functionally Relevant Skills in Mild Alzheimer's Disease: An Integrated Approach, David Loewenstein and Amarilis Acevedo 12. Spaced Retrieval: A Model for Dissemination of a Cognitive Intervention for Persons with Dementia, Cameron J. Camp 13. Multitechnique Program Approaches, Linda Clare 14. Language Interventions in Dementia, Cynthia K. Thompson and Nancy Johnson 15. External Aids, Michelle S. Bourgeois B. Psychotherapeutic Interventions 16. Behavioral Treatment of Affective Disorders and Associated Symptoms, Rebecca G. Logsdon, Susan M. McCurry, and Linda Teri 17. Behavioral Treatment of Impaired Functioning and Behavioral Symptoms, Ann Louise Barrick 18. Group Psychotherapy Approaches for Dementia, Guy G. Potter, Deborah K. Attix, and Cory K. Chen 19. Pharmacological and Other Treatment Strategies for Alzheimer's Disease, Kathleen Hayden and Mary Sano

About the Author

Deborah K. Attix, PhD, completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Division of Medical Psychology) and Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology) at Duke in 1995 and is now an Assistant Clinical Professor there. Dr. Attix worked with the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and subsequently organized and became the Medical Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Service at Duke University Medical Center. Her clinical work focuses on geriatric neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Dr. Attix is best known for her intervention work involving cognitive training and compensation and for psychotherapeutic techniques targeting memory, function, and mood in dementia. Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, PhD, is a Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Division of Medical Psychology) at Duke University Medical Center and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology). Dr. Welsh-Bohmer was recruited by Duke University Medical Center in 1987 to join the newly formed Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and she currently is the Director of that center. Dr. Welsh-Bohmer is best known for her work in the clinical detection of early-stage Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related dementias and the relationship of these diseases to genetic and environmental factors. She has been a leader in many multicenter collaborative studies of AD and currently leads the nationally known Cache County Memory Study, a population-based epidemiological investigation of mild cognitive impairment and AD. Dr. Welsh-Bohmer's clinical work focuses on neuropsychological assessment in neurodegenerative disorders, including AD and related dementias.


"Superb! The editors and contributors are to be congratulated for producing this benchmark text for advanced graduate students, residents, and practitioners of geriatric neuropsychology. A unique feature of the text is its synthesis of intervention with assessment. Moreover, it provides detailed empirical support for using cognitive training, compensatory techniques, and psychotherapeutic interventions for improving mood, behavior, and functional capacity, even in disorders where progression is inexorable. Well written, thoroughly referenced, and up to date, this book is a powerful antidote to the therapeutic nihilism that often surrounds psychological work with dementia patients."--Jason Brandt, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "Every neuropsychologist, clinical psychologist, and psychiatrist working with older people will want to beg, borrow, or buy a copy of this most impressive book. It is not only comprehensive but also original in its coverage of the issues faced by people with dementia and other conditions affecting the older population. The section on assessment is thorough and links theory and practice very well, and the coverage of therapy and treatment issues is especially strong. An important contribution to the neuropsychological literature, this practical resource is almost certain to become a classic."--Barbara A. Wilson, PhD, Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK "This book presents cutting-edge research and theory on the many diagnostic and therapeutic issues that confront clinical neuropsychologists and other health service providers who care for the steadily increasing number of elderly patients in every nation's health care system. The editors have integrated contributions from leading researchers and clinicians into a single, coherent, and valuable resource."--Robert J. Ivnik, PhD, Department of Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

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