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Published: 21 April 2009

208 Pages

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195382242

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Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Late Life

Helping Cognitively Impaired or Depressed Elders and Their Caregivers

Mark D Miller

Cognitive impairment in older adults usually progresses slowly and is caused by a variety of brain diseases, most commonly Alzheimer's disease. The resulting memory loss and impaired executive function call for therapeutic strategies that will optimize functioning. Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Cognitive Impairment (IPT-ci), builds upon traditional IPT to improve coping ability and help older patients and their caregivers manage the effects of cognitive impairment, particularly in the early phase when behavior changes are often misunderstood. IPT-ci can also provide a template for long term management that anticipates further declines in cognitive functioning over time.

Clinician's Guide to Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Late Life offers an overview of IPT principles and the development of IPT-ci, including essential background information for those new to the field of clinical geriatrics, and a thorough demonstration of the IPT-ci approach from the initial interview through long-term follow up. Chapters on late-life depression, cognitive impairment/dementia, and executive function provide key points of reference for working with this population, with special attention paid to the role of concerned family members and caregivers. The volume is replete with case examples representing a range of patients and issues; detailed analysis clarifies the application of IPT-ci elements. Clinicians will find this a practical resource for treating older patients and assisting their caregivers from the first visit to lifelong management.

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