Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Older Adult: A Clinician's Guidebook

Hardcover | April 15, 2000

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One of the largest patient populations seen by neuropsychologists are older adults suffering from problems associated with aging. Further, the proportion of the population aged 65 and above is rising rapidly. This book provides a guide to neuropsychological clinicians increasingly called upon to assess this population. The book details in a step-by-step fashion the phases and considerations in performing a neuropsychological assessment of an older patient. It covers procedural details including review of patient's medical records, clinical interview, formal testing, interpretation of test scores, addressing referral questions, and preparing an evaluation report. Key Features* Outlines a clear, logical approach to neuropsychological evaluation* Provides specific clinical practice guidelines for each phase of the evaluation* Integrates clinical practice with up-to-date research findings* Recommends specific tests for evaluating older adults* Details how to interpret test findings and identify the patient's neuropsychological profile* Illustrates important points with examples and case materials, many neuropathologically-confirmed* Includes forms useful in clinical practice

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The unfortunate and potentially devastating condition of dementia is the focus of author Joanne E. Green`s text entitled Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Older Adult: A Clinician`s Guidebook. Readers will find information on assessing cognitive or mental change, formal testing, diagnosis of specific problems, using psychometrists f...

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One of the largest patient populations seen by neuropsychologists are older adults suffering from problems associated with aging. Further, the proportion of the population aged 65 and above is rising rapidly. This book provides a guide to neuropsychological clinicians increasingly called upon to assess this population. The book details...

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Dementia affects up to a quarter of the world's population. Given the growing proportion of the population over age 65, dementia will continue to be a major public health concern. Cost-effective detection and treatment of dementing illnesses will increasingly challenge clinical practice.Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Older Adult:...

Dr. Green is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is Chief Neuropsychologist of the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Center at Wesley Woods Health Center, and of the Movement Disorders Program. She has been actively involved in clinical work, research, and teaching on the neurop...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:311 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0122981901

ISBN - 13:9780122981906

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Table of Contents

Activities Preceding Patient Arrival.
The Clinical Interview.
General Principles and Guidelines for Formal Testing.
Evaluation of General Intellectual Function, Attention, Executive Function, Verbal Abilities, and Visuospatial and Visuoconstructive Abilities.
Memory Evaluation in Older Adults.
Neuropsychological Profiles of Common Disorders Affecting Older Adults I: Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration.
Neuropsychological Profiles II: Vascular disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
Neuropsychological Profiles III: Parkinsonian Disorders, Corticobasal Degeneration, Huntington's Disease.
Neuropsychological Profiles IV: Traumatic Brain Injury, Substance-Related Disorders, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Metabolic and Toxic Disorders.
Assessment of Depression during the Neuropsychological Evaluation.
Organizing and Interpreting Test Findings.
Writing the Evaluation Report.
Providing Feedback and Planning Follow-up Services.
References.
Index.

From Our Editors

The unfortunate and potentially devastating condition of dementia is the focus of author Joanne E. Green`s text entitled Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Older Adult: A Clinician`s Guidebook. Readers will find information on assessing cognitive or mental change, formal testing, diagnosis of specific problems, using psychometrists for testing and the vital importance of maintaining proper patient-family relations. Everyone from mental health students to clinical professionals should read this insightful and ground-breaking text. 

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"This book gives comprehensive and thorough up to date coverage of this topic... The author is to be congratulated on producing a book which travels well outside the North American context in which it was written... The book is soundly based in current research and theory... but at the same time conveys a strong sense of clinical experience and wisdom. The reader will not find here a defence of the contribution of of neuropsychology to the management of cognitive disorders in older people, but a better account of the state of the art would be difficult to imagine."--JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY, NEUROSURGERY, AND PSYCHIATRY