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Psychology and Geriatrics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124201231, 9780124201811

Psychology and Geriatrics

1st Edition

Integrated Care for an Aging Population

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Editor: Benjamin Bensadon
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124201231
eBook ISBN: 9780124201811
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th April 2015
Page Count: 280
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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


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About the Editor

Benjamin Bensadon

Benjamin Bensadon

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Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Boca Raton, FL, USA

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