Written by an internationally renowed authority in geriatric psychiatry, this text discusses the most common emotional problems affecting the elderly: memory loss, depression, anxiety, sleeping problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and others. Each problem is addressed in a consistent format highlighting: the nature and scope of the problem the etiological factors involved a diagnostic workup treatment strategies The focus is on providing the health practitioner with information and specific strategies to diagnose the nature of the problem and to resolve the difficulties, as the situation dictates. This updated edition includes new information on managed care for older adults--clearly illustrating for the professional how mental health care is financed. The author's pragmatic, problem-oriented approach and his illustrative case vignettes make the book an invaluable reference for all who work with this challenging, underserved, and rapidly growing population.
Dan Blazer, M.D., PhD, is former Dean of Medical Education, Duke University School of Medicine and J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Duke and Head of the University Council on Aging and Human Development. He also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina. As Dean of Medical Education, Dr. Blazer had overall responsibility for Duke University School of Medicine. He teaches courses in Trinity College at Duke University as well as in the medical school.