Medications Used for Mental Disorders in the Elderly: A Caregiver's Guide. Colenda CC, Goos RB, Lewis RE, Burkeville, VA, Piedmont Geriatric Institute, 1 991 , 83 pages, softcover.
This large print, simply written book can easily be read in one sitting and can be understood by lay people as well as professionals. It is wellorganized and contains an introductory chapter. The book is written specifically for caregivers in all settings, but it is useful for professionals working with the elderly.
The authors have extensive clinical and research experience and include a list of reference texts. The book is designed to give a basic understanding of psychotropic medications, how they work, and what to expect, watch for, and report. Individual chapters cover antidepressant, antianxiety, and antipsychotic medications; lithium; and sleeping medications.
Each chapter contains an introduction, use of medications, how they are prescribed, common side effects, potential problems, guidelines for caregivers, and a case study with discussion. The subject matter is well-covered and the clarity of the material enhances its usefulness.
I highly recommend this book for caregivers. It would be a useful tool for staff in nursing homes, geriatric clinics, day care centers, and medical and nursing students' libraries.