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Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions with Older Adults

Evidence-based approaches, 1st Edition

Edited by Sherry M. Cummings, Nancy P. Kropf


368 pages

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In the past decade, evidence based practice (EBP) has emerged as one of the most important movements to improve the effectiveness of clinical care. As the number of older adults continues to grow, it is essential that practitioners have knowledge of effective strategies to improve both the medical and the psychosocial aspects of older persons' lives. The purpose of this work is to present systematic reviews of research-based psychosocial interventions for older adults and their caregivers.

The interventions presented focus on a variety of critical issues facing older adults today including medical illnesses (cardiac disease, diabetes, arthritis/pain, cancer, and HIV/AIDS), mental health/cognitive disorders (depression/anxiety, dementia, substance abuse), and social functioning (developmental disabilities, end-of-life, dementia caregivers, grandparent caregivers). For each of these areas the prevalence of the problem, the demographics of those affected, and the nature and consequences of the problem are discussed. The empirical literature is then reviewed. A treatment summary highlights the type and nature of research supporting the interventions reviewed and is followed by a conclusion section that summarizes the status of intervention research for the specified issue. A Treatment Resource Appendix for each area is included. These appendices highlight manuals, books, articles and web resources that detail the treatment approaches and methodologies discussed.

This book was previously published as a special issue of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Table of Contents

Preface Barbara Berkman

1 Overview of Evidence-Based Practice with Older Adults and their Families Sherry M. Cummings and Nancy P. Kropf


2 Cardiac Conditions Michel D. Peck and Amy L. Ai

3 Cancer Treatments Peter Maramaldi, Sheryn Dungan and Nancy Levitan Poorvu

4 Arthritis Pain Eunkyung Yoon and John B. Doherty

5 Diabetes Treatments Vaughn A. DeCoster

6 HIV/AIDS Treatments Charles A. Emlet and R. Andrew Shippy


7 Depression and Anxiety Margaret E. Adamek and Greta Yoder Slater

8 Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Sara Sanders and Carmen Morano

9 Substance Abuse Sherry M. Cummings, Brian Bride, Kimberly McClure Cassie and Ann Rawlins-Shaw


10 Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Caregivers Philip McCallion and Tara Nickle

11 Treatment at the End of Life Deborah P. Waldrop

12 Familial Caregivers of Older Adults Kimberly McClure Cassie and Sara Sanders

13 Grandparent Caregivers Stacey Kolomer

14 Evidence-Based Interventions with Older Adults: Concluding Thoughts Nancy P. Kropf and Sherry M. Cummings

About the Editors

Sherry M. Cummings, Ph.D., is Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee. She is the current president of Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW). Dr. Cummings was a John A. Hartford Gerontological Faculty Scholar, 2001-2003. Dr. Cummings’ research focuses on aging and mental health. Additionally, her research explores the impact of such mental health issues on familial caregivers. Her research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals in the social work, gerontological and mental health arenas.

Nancy P. Kropf is Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. Her area of research and scholarship is late life caregiving relationships, with the focus specifically on the older care provider. Dr. Kropf was a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar (1999-2001I). In 2000, she held a visiting endowed chair at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. She was the President of the Association of Gerontology Education – Social Work (AGE – SW), and is a Fellow, of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Kropf has numerous peer reviewed articles in the social work and gerontology literatures.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / Gerontology