Psychology and Geriatrics

Psychology and Geriatrics

Integrated Care for an Aging Population

1st Edition - April 14, 2015

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  • Editor: Benjamin Bensadon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124201811
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124201231

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Psychology and Geriatrics demonstrates the value of integrating psychological knowledge and insight with medical training and geriatric care.  Leading physician and geropsychologist contributors come together to share their collective wisdom about topics that are as emotionally uncomfortable as they are universally relevant.  As the world struggles to respond to unprecedented gains in life expectancy and an explosion of new retirees living with chronic health conditions, this collaboration could not be more timely.  This exceptional resource is, itself, evidence that physicians and psychologists can work together to optimize truly patient-centered geriatric care.  Here at last is a scientifically rigorous, evidence-based response to the aging mind and body from those most expertly trained.

Key Features

  • Illustrates why and how psychologists must assume a more integrated role in meeting the health care needs of older patients
  • Confronts emotionally laden topics such as cognitively impaired driving, caregiver burden, end-of-life communication, suicide, and systemic issues such as bias, payment, and the culture of medicine
  • Challenges decades-long barriers to integration, from both physician and psychologist perspectives, suggesting how they can finally be overcome
  • Provides an innovative, practical response to academic medicine's growing emphasis on psychological and behavioral science
  • Demonstrates how health care reform creates a behavioral health niche that clinical psychologists are uniquely qualified to fill


Psychologists, gerontologists, and physicians in aging-related disciplines.

Table of Contents

    • List of Contributors
    • Foreword
    • Introduction: Why Integrate?
      • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
      • Workforce
      • Politics of “Evidence”
      • Common Factors
      • Perception
      • References
    • Chapter 1. Goal-Oriented Care
      • Introduction
      • Goal-Oriented Care: A Practical Approach
      • Barriers/Challenges to Goal-Setting in Clinical Practice
      • Conclusion
      • References
    • Chapter 2. Family Caregiving
      • Introduction
      • The Scope of Caregiving in Contemporary Society
      • Identifying and Working with Caregivers in Clinical Settings
      • Types of Stress: Challenges and Resources
      • Intervention Strategies
      • Conclusions
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behavior
      • Introduction
      • Clinical Relevance
      • Memory
      • Beyond Cognition
      • Adherence
      • Uncomfortable Discussions
      • Physician Beliefs
      • Sensitizing Learners to Chronic Disease Impact: The Oklahoma Experience
      • References
    • Chapter 4. Communication
      • Introduction
      • Communication Training
      • Cognition
      • Mood
      • Function and Stigma
      • Presence of a Third Person
      • Caregiver Burnout
      • Breaking Bad News
      • Time
      • Training Targets
      • Final Recommendations
      • Future
      • References
    • Chapter 5. Culture of Medicine
      • Introduction
      • Hippocratic Oath
      • Patient-Centeredness
      • Trust and Respect
      • Touchy Feely
      • Zero-Sum Game
      • Empathy Vs Blame
      • God Complex
      • Future Solutions
      • References
    • Chapter 6. Psychology Consult: When and Why
      • Introduction
      • Case Example: Late Life Depression and Suicide Risk
      • Dealing with Death
      • Who is the Expert?
      • Consultation with Occupational and Physical Therapies
      • Psychiatry vs Psychology
      • Co-location
      • The Medical Model of Health care
      • Long-Term Care
      • Living Old
      • Patient Safety
      • Psychotherapy
      • Dementia
      • Managing Family Conflict
      • Summary
      • References
    • Chapter 7. Managing Safety and Mobility Needs of Older Drivers
      • Introduction
      • Identification of Unsafe Older Drivers
      • Psychology of Driving
      • Transitioning to Nondriving Status
      • Interprofessional Approaches
      • References
    • Chapter 8. Person-Centered Suicide Prevention
      • Introduction
      • Chapter Organization
      • Biomedicalism Misdirected
      • Biomedicalism Retained: Institutional and Provider Considerations
      • Humanism Re-Imagined
      • Conclusion
      • References
    • Chapter 9. End-of-Life Care
      • Introduction
      • The Current State of End-of-Life Care
      • Communication
      • Language Matters
      • Advance Care Planning
      • Conflict
      • Hospice
      • Palliative Care
      • Physician Perspectives
      • Fear and Guilt
      • Don’t Shoot the Messenger
      • Trust
      • Adversaries
      • Systems Barriers
      • Perceptions
      • Empathy vs Blame
      • References
    • Chapter 10. Experiential Learning and “Selling” Geriatrics
      • Introduction
      • Professional Factors
      • Early Exposure
      • Bias
      • The Allure of Cure
      • Building Relationships
      • Personal Factors
      • Medical Culture
      • Training Factors
      • Role Modeling
      • Time and Money
      • Educational Interventions
      • Support Groups
      • Summary
      • References
    • Chapter 11. Simulation Education
      • Introduction
      • Objective Structured Clinical Examination
      • Mechanism of Action
      • Video: Necessary but Insufficient
      • The Fau Experience
      • Barriers
      • References
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: April 14, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124201811
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124201231

About the Editor

Benjamin Bensadon

Benjamin Bensadon
Benjamin A. Bensadon, Ed. M, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the division of geriatric medicine through the department of aging and geriatric research. He is also a licensed clinical gero-psychologist. Dr. Bensadon’s training and professional experience is centered on integrating psychology and medicine, with the goal of transforming primary care and creating an age-friendly health care system. To achieve this, Dr. Bensadon has co-authored book chapters on management decisions in mild cognitive impairment (Clinics in Geriatric Medicine) and geriatric neurology (Scientific American in press), and created and led a team of physicians and psychologists as editor of a collaborative text titled Psychology and Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Population (Elsevier). More recently he was one of 15 selected to the inaugural cohort of National Geriatrics Leadership Scholars by the American Geriatrics Society, Association of Directors of Academic Geriatric Programs, and Tideswell at UCSF. Prior to UF, Dr. Bensadon was an assistant professor at the Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where he served as associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Geriatrics & Palliative Care Rotation. Throughout his young career, Dr. Bensadon has developed, implemented and evaluated training curricula in didactic and clinical settings for medical students and residents, advance practice nurses and other health sciences trainees. He has provided clinical services in long-term care/geriatric rehabilitation, outpatient primary care and specialty settings. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Florida and his postdoctoral residency and fellowship at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

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  • bnyce Wed Aug 19 2020

    Psychology & Geriatrics: Integrated Care for an Aging Population

    Unique candor, vital resource.