Handbook of Mental Health and Aging

Handbook of Mental Health and Aging

3rd Edition - April 11, 2020

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  • Editors: Nathan Hantke, Amit Etkin, Ruth O'Hara
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004937
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001363

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The Handbook of Mental Health and Aging, Third Edition provides a foundational background for practitioners and researchers to understand mental health care in older adults as presented by leading experts in the field. Wherever possible, chapters integrate research into clinical practice. The book opens with conceptual factors, such as the epidemiology of mental health disorders in aging and cultural factors that impact mental health. The book transitions into neurobiological-based topics such as biomarkers, age-related structural changes in the brain, and current models of accelerated aging in mental health. Clinical topics include dementia, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, mood disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, and substance abuse. The book closes with current and future trends in geriatric mental health, including the brain functional connectome, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), technology-based interventions, and treatment innovations.

Key Features

  • Identifies factors influencing mental health in older adults
  • Includes biological, sociological, and psychological factors
  • Reviews epidemiology of different mental health disorders
  • Supplies separate chapters on grief, schizophrenia, mood, anxiety, and sleep disorders
  • Discusses biomarkers and genetics of mental health and aging
  • Provides assessment and treatment approaches


Clinicians, researchers, and students in psychology, gerontology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and other related health care professions tasked with caring for the aging population

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors

    1. Concepts and Issues in Mental Health and Aging
    Nathan Hantke and Ruth O'Hara

    2. Epidemiology of Selected Mental Disorders in Later Life
    Brenna N. Renn, Patricia A. Arean and Jurgen Unutzer

    3. Culture and Ethnicity in the Mental Health of Older Adults
    Lucas Torres, Claire Bird and Felicia Mata-Greve

    4. Stress, Mental Health, and Aging
    Raeanne C. Moore, Elizabeth Straus and Laura M. Campbell

    5. Structural Changes in the Aging Brain
    Meghan Riddle and Warren D. Taylor

    6. Sleep-Dependent Cellular Chemical Changes in the Aging Brain
    Gordon X. Wang and Philippe Mourrain

    7. Biomarkers of Cognitive Impairment in Late-Life Depression
    Breno S. Diniz and Meryl A. Butters

    8. Accelerated Brain Molecular Aging in Depression
    Rammohan Shukla and Etienne Sibille

    9. Cognitive Dysfunction in Late-Life Psychiatric Disorders: Phenotypes, Risk Factors, and Treatment Targets
    Christina F. Chick, Casey Buck and Ruth O'Hara

    10. Suicide in Late Life
    Joshua T. Jordan and Lauren A. Anker

    11. Anxiety and its Disorders in Old Age
    Sherry A. Beaudreau, Christine E. Gould, Susan Sharp Kolderup and Nehjla Mashal

    12. Bipolar Disorders in Older Adults
    Laura Hein, Annemiek Dols and Lisa T. Eyler

    13. Positive Psychiatry and Successful Aging in People with Schizophrenia
    Dilip V. Jeste, Ryan Van Patten and Ellen E. Lee

    14. Alzheimer's Disease and Other Neurocognitive Disorders
    Lucy Y. Wang, Beth Ann LaBardi, Murray A Raskind and Elaine R Peskind

    15. Substance Use Disorders in the Elderly
    Tylor J. Jilk and Martin S. Mumenthaler

    16. Sleep Disorders and Aging
    Logan Schneider, Rosy Karna, Makoto Kawai and Kai Parker-Fong

    17. Aging of Persons with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
    Lauren A. Anker, Christina F. Chick and Joachim F. Hallmayer

    18. Bereavement and Grief
    Danielle K. Florioso, Alana Iglewicz and Sidney Zisook

    19. Neuropsychology with Older Adults
    Nathan Hantke and Nicholas T. Bott

    20. Integrative Precision-Medicine Approach to Cognitive Assessment in Older Adults
    Sharon Naparstek, Omer Linkovski and Limor Gertner

    21. Functional Assessment in Geriatric Mental Health
    Adriana Seelye, Sarah Brown, Katherine Dorociak, Jeffrey Kaye, Katherine Wild and Snezana Urosevic

    22. Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Older Adults: Now and Into the Future
    Leander K. Mitchell and Nancy A. Pachana

    23. Psycopharmacologic Treatment
    Vimal M. Aga, Mujeeb U. Shad, Hongru Zhu and Carl Salzman

    24. Technology-Based Mental Health Assessment and Intervention
    Christine E. Gould, Flora Ma, Julia R. Loup, Christine Juang, Erin Y. Sakai and Renee Pepin

    25. Community and Home Care for Mentally Ill Older Adults
    Erin Cassidy-Eagle

    26. Forensic and Ethical Issues
    Mousa S. Botros, Julie E. Guzzardi, Regina M. Carney, Spencer Eth and Gregory B. Leong

    27. The Economics of Geriatric Mental Health Care
    Nicholas T. Bott

    28. The Future of Mental Health and Aging
    Nathan Hantke, Ruth O'Hara, Sherry A. Beaudreau and Amit Etkin

    Author Index
    Subject Index 

Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: April 11, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004937
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001363

About the Editors

Nathan Hantke

Dr. Nathan Hantke is assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University and a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with experience assessing cognitive problems in adults across a wide range of diagnoses, including memory disorders, head injury, movement disorders, and epilepsy. His primary research interests are in geriatric neuropsychology, and he has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters examining late-life cognitive decline and related risk factors. In addition to his clinical and research roles, he also serves as the national Co-Director for the VA’s 27-site research fellowship program in mental illness research and treatment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, USA

Amit Etkin

Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, a member of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, and an Investigator in the VA Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Palo Alto VA. Dr. Etkin is trained as both as a neuroscientist and psychiatrist. The overarching aim of the Etkin lab is to understand the neural basis of emotional disorders and their treatment, and to leverage this knowledge to better understand how the brain works and to develop novel treatment interventions. In support of this goal, Dr. Etkin also collaborates with neuroscientists, engineers, psychologists, physicians and others to establish a new intellectual, scientific and clinical paradigm for understanding and manipulating human brain circuits in healthy individuals and for treating psychiatric disease.

Affiliations and Expertise

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Ruth O'Hara

Dr. Ruth O’Hara is an Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Translational Research Core of the Veterans Affairs Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC). Her research focuses on longitudinal investigations of the relationship between neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms in normal and pathological aging. She served on the DSM 5 Sleep Wake Workgroup, and was a member of the national VA Dementia Guidelines Committee. Her current research has a primary emphasis on the impact of sleep disordered breathing, sleep apnea and associated hypoxia on psychiatric symptoms and cognitive function in older adults. She has extensive experience conducting full ambulatory polysomnography in a broad range of late life disorders, with hundreds of such studies conducted in her laboratory to date.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

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