Psychological Aspects of Geriatric Rehabilitation. Hartke, R.J. (Ed). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen, 1991; 289 pages, hardbound.
The sole focus of this book is the psychologic issues of geriatric rehabilitation.
The book begins with an overview of the interrelationship of psychology and geriatric rehabilitation. The next two chapters deal with several topics, such as physiologic changes of aging, cognition, personality, and coping. The assessment of cognitive and emotional factors and their relationship to rehabilitation potential also is presented. The remaining chapters focus on neuropsychologic assessment of dementia, management of the cognitively impaired, assessment and treatment of depression, transference and countertransference, psychotherapy, and the caregiving family for the disabled older adult.
The intended authence for this text is people in professions associated with geriatric rehabilitation. It clearly meets its intended objective of improving one's understanding of the disabled older adult. Each chapter is well documented and, where appropriate, incorporates research results, guidelines for clinical practice, and case studies.
The content of this wellwritten text addresses an area of geriatric care that has received limited attention. The editor and contributing authors have produced a text that significantly contributes to the gerontological nurse's understanding of the disabled older adult.