The mental health needs of older people are all too often overlooked or put down to the inevitable consequences of ageing. This textbook will make it much easier for health, social care and third sector workers to identify, treat and support the needs of this population.
The book takes an interdisciplinary team approach and sets the scene by looking at different practice contexts in the United Kingdom and the increasingly important role played by social care in addressing the mental health needs of older people. A number of more clinically focused chapters then cover:
Each clinical chapter makes use of extended and detailed case studies which illuminate the team’s role in the assessment-intervention-evaluation cycle and ensure the text’s application to practice. Service user and family perspectives are drawn on throughout and current practice exemplars outlined. The final chapter distils key messages from the book and sets a number of key challenges.
Mental Health and Later Life highlights the rewards and complexity of working with older people with mental health needs and their families. It is invaluable reading for all those learning about, or working with, this population.
'In substance, as in style, the writing is relatively abstruse in nature. Discerning review of selected research evidence, in tandem with a case-study method of instruction, imbue the text with great didactic richess. By these means, the terrain of mental health and later life, including its practice, policy and research strata is illumined brightly with rays of thoughtful perspicacity.' - Leo Uzych, Activities, Adaptation and Aging Journal 2012
Introduction / John Keady and Sue Watts Part I: Setting the Scene 1. Caring, Practice and Community Contexts / John Keady and Sue Watts 2. Social Care Approaches / Jill Manthorpe Part II. Clinical Contexts 3. Mental Health Promotion / Ann Crosland 4. Depression and Anxiety / Georgina Charlesworth 5. Complex and Enduring Mood Disorders / Steve Davies 6. Ageing and Psychosis / Susan Benbow 7. Neurosis / Sue Watts 8. Alcohol and Dual Diagnosis / Rahul Rao 9. Dementia: Memory Assessment and Treatment Services / Sube Banerjee 10. Later Life Liaison Services / Helen Pratt 11. Dementia: Complex Case Work / Karin Theresa Smith Part III: A Way Forward 12. New Directions, New Ambitions / John Keady and Sue Watts