A Gvfcfe to Psychological Practice In Geriatric Long-term Care Lichtenberg, P.A., New York: The Haworth Press, 1994; 209 pages, $34.95, softcover.
As more health care professionals work with geriatric mentally ill residents in long-term care settings, there will be a need to use geropsychological practice strategies to counteract behavioral problems. This need for behavioral consultation is necessary, considering the current federal guidelines restricting the use of psychotropic drugs among nursing home residents.
This book is especially timely for health care professionals in long-term care settings, as it provides insight on geriatric psychology to incorporate into their practice.
The book is divided into two sections. The first focuses on psychological practice for older adults. Chapters include an introduction to neuropsychology, the role of neuropsychologists and paraprofessionals in long-term care, assessment tests and interventions for dementia and depression, and creating an effective interdisciplinary team. The second section focuses on pertinent and often-ignored clinical issues, such as alcohol abuse, sexuality, psychotherapy interventions, and caregiver issues. Each chapter includes a summary and list of references. A subject and author index is provided at the end of the book.
Health care professionals working with older adults in long-term care settings will find this book beneficial for expanding their knowledge base about psychological intervention strategies for maintaining residents' mental health well-being. The author frequently uses vignettes or case studies to illustrate certain complex topics or issues. The content provides a unique blend of practical principles and research findings. The author has provided an excellent resource book that nurses, especially in nursing homes or mental health complexes, should read.