Neurocognitive Disorders in Aging By Daniel Kempler; 2004; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.; 344 pages; soft cover; $49.95
Nenrocognitive Disorders in Aging focuses on disease that results in cognitive and behavioral disorders in aging adults. The book begins with a discussion on how younger individuals differ from older individuals. A review of the anatomy of the brain is then provided, as well as in-depth reviews of several topics including aphasia, alexia, agraphia, communication impairments, visuospatial impairments, agnosia, problem solving impairments, and amnesia. Several causes of brain dysfunction that may occur in aging adults are also discussed. Causes of brain dysfunction examined in the book are stroke, dementia, delirium, depression, and movement disorders, such as Parkinson s disease. The chapter format includes normal function, changes in aging, behavioral characteristics of the disease, diagnosis, and treatment. The final chapter focuses on successful agìng. A glossary of terms and an extensive reference list are provided at the back of the book. This book is a comprehensive resource and reference for the many different disciplines of the health care team.