It is important to understand the relationship between the brain, cognition and behavior when providing care to the elderly. Behavioral Neurology in the Elderly provides a comprehensive overview of this significant relationship, one of the most important topics concerning medical and behavioral gerontology today. It provides insight into how the aging brain affects memory and language, as well as motor, emotional, and executive functioning.
Beginning with a historical view of aging and healthy living, this practical and informative book describes the most important neurobehavioral issues such as information processing, motor function, language and communication. It also provides essential information on neurobehavioral disorders such as depression, sleep disorders, epilepsy, apraxia, dementia and stroke. Furthermore, it offers an ultimate guide to medical and neuropsychological geriatric assessment and evaluation. A resource for all professionals working with elderly people, Behavioral Neurology in the Elderly points out new directions in research methods for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION. FUNDAMENTALS The Psychology of Aging: An Historical Perspective. Gerontology as a Specialty Medicine. Neurobehavioral Epidemiology of Aging. Neuroanatomy of Functional Aging. COGNITION AND BEHAVIOR IN THE ELDERLY. Information Processing in the Elderly. Memory and Executive Dysfunction in the Elderly: The Role of the Frontal Lobes. Motor Functions and Praxis in the Elderly. Normal and Pathological Language in the Elderly. Emotional Disorders in the Neurologically Deteriorating Older Adult. Aging, Sleep, and Neuropsychological Functioning Outcomes. NEUROBEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT. Neuropsychological Assessment in the Elderly. Minimal Cognitive Impairment. Evaluation of Intervention Programs for the Elderly: Enhancing Validity. ADVANCES IN TREATMENT. Neuropharmacology for Older Adults. Dementia in Primary Care. Neurobehavioral Syndromes in Patients with Cerebrovascular Pathology. Treating Depression in the Elderly. Advances in the Prevention and
Treatment of Age-Related Organic Memory Disorders. Anticonvulsant Drugs and Cognitive Functions in Elderly Patients with Epilepsy. Advances in the Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases: Multiple Sclerosis. Vitamin, Mineral, Antioxidant, and Herbal Supplements: Facts and Fictions.