Aging and Mental Health

Aging and Mental Health

Daniel L. Segal, Michael A. Smyer

Language: English

Pages: 303

ISBN: 140513075X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Aging and Mental Health

Daniel L. Segal, Michael A. Smyer

Language: English

Pages: 303

ISBN: 140513075X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This fully revised and updated second edition provides a complete introduction to aging and mental health for psychology students taking courses in aging as well as for academics and practitioners working in the field of gerontology.

  • Offers a comprehensive review of models of mental health and mental illness, along with their implications for treatment of older adults
  • Provides a pragmatic analysis of assessment and treatment approaches that both students and practitioners will find useful
  • Uses case studies to link theory and practice
  • Fully updated to include discussion of the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment protocols in the field of mental health; the increasing prevalence of cognitive impairment and an appreciation of its implications for a variety of functional behaviors; and a changing understanding of long-term care away from a focus on institutional care and toward a broader spectrum of services

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combination of physical, psychological, and social growth and maintenance. An overview of the “balance sheet” of losses and gains in later life is presented in Table 2.1. Table 2.1 A balance sheet of losses and gains in later life Losses Gains • Physical deterioration • Verbal skill • Speed of cognitive processing and capacity of working memory • Social judgment • Income • Emotional balance and self-regulation • Risk-taking • Values clarity • Declines in vision and hearing • Family and

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with which to live out the future, to place him- or herself in perspective among those generations now living, and to accept his or her place in an infinite historical progression. (Erikson et al., 1986, p. 56) Mental Health in Later Life A developmental approach to personality dynamics would imply that positive mental health requires a richer definition than merely the absence of pathology. Is it positive mental health when a frail elder maintains basic personality integrity despite the

services and extended life expectancy, the treatment of older adults with schizophrenia poses a serious health challenge as the population is expected to grow significantly in the coming decades. Schizophrenia is a severe and persistent mental disorder that has a dramatic and debilitating effect on most aspects of life functioning, behavior, and personal experience. Early views of schizophrenia maintained that it always began in young adulthood and inevitably resulted in a progressive

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