Handbook of Mental Health and Aging - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780128001363

Handbook of Mental Health and Aging

3rd Edition

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Editors: Nathan Hantke Amit Etkin Ruth O'Hara
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001363
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st May 2020
Page Count: 512
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Handbook of Mental Health and Aging, Third Edition, contains state-of-the-art research in the biological, behavioral and social sciences, presenting the cutting-edge in current practice in psychiatry, neurology, social work, nursing, psychology and pharmacology. New expert lead editors bring fresh life and a new focus to this classic reference.

Key Features

  • Presents a multidisciplinary approach and the inclusion of clinical and practical issues make a truly comprehensive reference
  • Section on "Adult Life Crises" will include current research on the important topic of stress and aging
  • Includes sections on "Aging and the Senses" that will continue to have an emphasis on Neuroscience, while bringing in more recent vision and physiological work


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

Section I Background
1. Concepts and Issues in Mental Health and Aging
2. The Epidemiology of Selected Mental Disorders in Later Life
3. Culture and Mental Health in Later Life
4. Gender and Ethnicity Patterns
5. Adult Life Crises

Section II Neuroscience and Aging
6. Structural Changes in the Aging Brain
7. Neurochemical Changes with Aging: Predisposition towards Age-Related Mental Disorders
8. Cerebral Metabolism in Aging and Dementia
9. Biomarkers of Aging
10. Genetics of Late Life Psychiatric Disorders

Section III Behavioral Sciences and Aging
11. Aging and the Senses
12. Memory, Learning, and Attention
13. Emotional Regulation
14. Methodological Approaches to Mental Health and Aging

Section IV Psychopathology of Later Life
15. Mood Disorders and Suicide
16. Anxiety and Its Disorders in Old Age
17. Bipolar (NEW)
18. Schizophrenia and Psychotic States
19. Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementing Disorders
20. Alcohol and Substance-Use Disorders in the Elderly
21. Sleep Disorders and Aging
22. Aging in Persons with Developmental Disabilities
23. DSM 5: Implications for Mental Health and Aging (NEW)
24. Grief and Depression (NEW)

Section V Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention
25. Neuropsychiatric Assessment
26. Neuropsychological Assessment
27. Functional Assessment in Geriatric Mental Health
28. Behavioral Psychotherapeutic Interventions
29. Psychopharmacologic Treatment
30. Community and Home Care for Mentally Ill Older Adults
31. Forensic and Ethical issues
32. Economic Issues and Geriatric Mental Health Care

Section VI The Future
33. The Future of Mental Health and Aging


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About the Editor

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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