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Aging and Neuropsychological Assessment : Critical Issues in Neuropsychology - Asenath LaRue

Aging and Neuropsychological Assessment

Critical Issues in Neuropsychology

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It is a privilege to be asked to write the foreword for so excellent a book, so timely and so much needed by the field. Not only is it most unusual these days to have a single- authored volume on so broad a topic, but Dr. La Rue has done a superb job of providing both a scholarly treatise and a practical handbook. With a burgeoning elderly population and the corresponding increase in geriatric psychopathology, the needs of mental health services are exceeding by far the supply of appropriate providers. In an effort to meet this need, psychiatry, medicine, neurology, pharmacology, psychology, nursing, and social work have all made the provision of training in geriatrics and gerontology a high priority-but I fear we are losing the race. For example, multidisciplinary teams that assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders in elderly patients are incomplete without clinical psychologists and neuropsy- chologists, and yet there is barely a handful of clinical psychologists trained in dealing with geriatric patients. We can count on our fingers the additional ones graduated each year. In hospitals, clinics, and private practices across the country, otherwise skilled psychologists are unprepared to respond to the special mental health needs of the elderly. A few CME programs are helping to address this need, but they are clearly not enough.

Normal Aging
Introduction to Aging and Older Adultsp. 3
Basic Issues in Gerontologyp. 4
Dimensions of the Aging Processp. 6
Contemporary Older Adultsp. 15
Summary and Conclusionsp. 22
The Aging Brainp. 25
Neuroanatomical Changesp. 25
Neurotransmitter Changesp. 33
Neurophysiological Changesp. 38
Summary and Conclusionsp. 45
Cognition in Normal Agingp. 47
Intelligencep. 47
Attentionp. 53
Memoryp. 54
Languagep. 62
Visuospatial Abilitiesp. 66
Problem Solving and Executive Functionsp. 67
Neuropsychological Interpretations of Normal Aging Changesp. 72
Enhancing Cognitive Performancep. 73
Summary and Conclusionsp. 75
Neuropsychological Assessment Proceduresp. 79
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Batteriesp. 80
Individualized Batteriesp. 86
Brief and Extended Test Batteriesp. 117
Summary and Conclusionsp. 117
Examples of Normal Performancep. 121
Interpreting Neuropsychological Findingsp. 121
Case Examplesp. 126
Summary and Conclusionsp. 139
Common Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
Delirium and Dementia: An Overviewp. 143
Deliriump. 143
Dementiap. 151
Summary and Conclusionsp. 161
Alzheimer's Diseasep. 163
Backgroundp. 164
Clinical Features and Coursep. 169
Neuropsychological Findingsp. 177
Summary and Conclusionsp. 195
Parkinson's Diseasep. 199
Backgroundp. 199
Dementia in PDp. 206
Neuropsychological Findingsp. 209
Summary and Conclusionsp. 219
Vascular Dementiap. 221
Backgroundp. 222
Diagnostic Criteria and Clinical Featuresp. 225
Neuropsychological Findingsp. 230
Summary and Conclusionsp. 236
Dementia: Case Examplesp. 239
Possible Early Dementiap. 239
Dementia with Excess Disabilitiesp. 244
Cognitive Impairment and Parkinson's Diseasep. 248
Depression and MIDp. 252
Summary and Conclusionsp. 256
Depressionp. 259
Backgroundp. 259
Neuropsychological Findingsp. 269
Dementia Syndrome of Depressionp. 281
Summary and Conclusionsp. 288
Depression: Case Examplesp. 291
Subjective Cognitive Impairment: Ip. 291
Subjective Cognitive Impairment: IIp. 295
Dementia Syndrome of Depressionp. 299
Summary and Conclusionsp. 303
Appendix: Age Norms for Selected Neuropsychological Testsp. 305
Referencesp. 313
Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780306440625
ISBN-10: 0306440628
Series: Critical Issues in Neuropsychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 31st August 1992
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.6