This book belongs to a long tradition at the Tavistock Clinic of work focused on the mental and emotional well-being of the elderly. It applies psychoanalytic thinking to areas that have generally attracted very little sustained attention over the years.
Series Editor's Preface -- Preface -- Looking into Later Life -- Introduction -- Overview: Past and Present -- Developments in psychoanalytic thinking and in therapeutic attitudes and services -- Mainly Depression -- The metapsychology of depression -- Assessment -- Individual psychotherapy -- Couples psychotherapy: separateness or separation? An account of work with a couple entering later life -- "Tragical–comical–historical–pastoral": groups and group therapy in the third age -- The experience of an illness: the resurrection of an analysis in the work of recovery -- Observation and Consultation -- Psychodynamic observation and old age -- Consultation at work -- Where angels fear to tread: idealism, despondency, and inhibition in thought in hospital nursing -- Mainly Dementia -- Only connect—the links between early and later life -- No truce with the furies: issues of containment in the provision of care for people with dementia and those who care for them -- Facts, phenomenology, and psychoanalytic contributions to dementia care -- The pink ribbon -- Caring for a relative with dementia—who is the sufferer? -- My unfaithful brain—a journey into Alzheimer’s Disease -- Conveying the experience of Alzheimer’s Disease through art: the later paintings of William Utermohlen