Originally published in 1981 and edited by a pioneer in psychogeriatric services, this book spans medicine, psychiatry, social work and organisation of services of the elderly, written by eminent authors from several different professions. Chapters include those on stroke rehabilitation, dementia, neurosis, psychotherapy for the elderly and institutional care, among others. The book discusses many issues which remain as pertinent today as when it was first published, not least the problems of providing health services for ageing populations.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. Health Care of the Very Elderly: Too Frail A Basket For So Many Eggs? Tom Arie Part 1: Medicine 2. Stroke Rehabilitation: What Are We All Doing? Graham Mulley 3. The Elderly in a Cold Environment A. N. Exton-Smith 4. Parkinsonism and Ageing Donald B. Calne Part 2: Psychiatry 5. Dementia: Misfits in Need of Care David Jolley 6. Affective Illnesses Felix Post 7. Neurosis in Old Age K. Bergmann 8. Psychotherapy for the Elderly Adrian Verwoerdt Part 3: Services 9. What is a ‘Social Problem’ in Geriatrics? R. V. Boyd 10. The Frail Elderly – A Social Worker’s Perspective Olive Stevenson 11. Institutional Care J. Grimley Evans 12. Screening, Surveillance and Case-Finding J. Williamson 13. Service Innovations in Geriatric Psychiatry 14. Is Geriatrics a Speciality? Bernard Isaacs.
Tom Arie was Foundation Professor of Health Care of the Elderly at the University of Nottingham, UK.
‘Barbara Gray and Bernard Isaacs have collaborated to produce a guide for practitioners which leaves little to criticize.’ Paul Brierley, Journal of Social Policy.