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Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia

Ravdin, Lisa D., Katzen, Heather L. (Eds.)

2013, XV, 527 p. 26 illus.

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  • Highlights relevant literature in a concise review of each topic and provides timely updates of newly available information
  • Provides detailed how-to information for a targeted assessment of specific topical areas
  • Includes expert advice, pearls of wisdom, case reports, anecdotal evidence, test materials, and black-and-white illustrations to enrich the scientific content

This book offers practitioners a hands-on guide to bedrock clinical tasks. The first half of the volume addresses special considerations for conducting neuropsychological assessments of older adults, such as disease management issues, sleep concerns, and ethical matters. The second section illuminates symptoms and issues associated with specific disorders and their relationship to functional impairments. Information is presented in a practitioner friendly format with sample cases, test battery recommendations, and “clinical pearls” from recognized experts in the field. Among the Handbook’s topics: 

·                   Serial assessments in dementia.

·                   Considerations for neuropsychological evaluations with older minority patients.

·                   Impact of medications on cognition.

·                   Assessing depression and anxiety in older adults.

·                   Prevention of cognitive decline.

·                   Plus in-depth chapters on late-life cognitive impairment resulting from Alzheimer’s disease, vascular cognitive impairment, cancer, stroke, epilepsy, and a variety of other conditions.

 Useful and informative well beyond its immediate specialty, the Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia is a practical reference for neuropsychologists, neurologists, primary care physicians (geriatricians, internists, family doctors), health psychologists, clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Aging - Alzheimer support groups - Alzheimer's dementia - Alzheimer's disease - Cognitive changes with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - Cognitive changes with emphysema - Cognitive impairment - Dementia - Episodic memory disorder - Frontotemporal dementia - Hydrocephalus - Lewy body dementia - Memory enhancement - Normal aging - Parkinson’s dementia - Parkinson’s disease - Semantic memory disorder - Vascular dementia

Related subjects » Family & Geriatric Medicine - Neurology - Neuropsychology

Table of contents 

1. Special Considerations for the Neuropsychological Interview of Older Adults.- 2. Consideration of Cognitive Reserve.- 3. Considerations for the Neuropsychological Evaluation of Older Ethnic Minority Populations.- 4. The Assessment of Change: Serial Assessments in Dementia Evaluations.- 5. After the Diagnosis of Dementia: Considerations in Disease Management.- 6. Sleep and Aging.- 7. Medications and Cognition in Older Adults.- 8. Assessment of Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults.- 9. Neuropsychological Assessment and Management of Older Adults with Multiple Somatic Symptoms.- 10. Driving Evaluation in Older Adults.- 11. Environmental Design for Cognitive Decline.- 12. Prevention of Cognitive Decline.- 13. Clinical Neuropsychology Practice and the Medicare Patient.- 14. Professional Competence as the Foundation for Ethical Neuropsychological Practice with Older Adults.- 15. Ethical Considerations in the Neuropsychological Assessment of Older Adults.- Part II: Late Life Cognitive Disorders.- 16. Mild Cognitive Impairment and Normal Aging.- 17. Differential Diagnosis of Depression and Dementia.- 18. Assessment of Alzheimer’s disease.- 19. Vascular Cognitive Impairment.- 20. Assessment in Acute Stroke Rehabilitation.- 21. Accurate Assessment of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia.- 22. Movement Disorders with Dementia in Older Adults.- 23. Neuropsychological Considerations for Parkinson's Disease Patients Being Considered for Surgical Intervention with Deep Brain Stimulation.- 24. Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.- 25. Episodic and Semantic Memory Disorders.- 26. Epilepsy and Aging.- 27. Neuropsychological Assessment of Older Adults with a History of Cancer.- 28. Evaluating Cognition in Patients with COPD/emphysema.- 29. Hepatic Encephalopathy.- 30. Late-Onset Schizophrenia.- 31. Capacity Evaluations in Older Adults: Neuropsychological Perspectives.

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