Changes in Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention

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November 2007



Emphasizing the distinctive and unique characteristics of practice with older adults, this volume is written for the mental health professional who treats the growing geriatric population. The book provides guidance for caregivers, families, and those who counsel them on assessing and adjusting to changes in mental capacities in older adults.


Preface ( Sara Honn Qualls ). Acknowledgments. Contributors. PART I: Aging Effects on Decision-Making Capacity. 1 Aging and Decision-Making Capacity: An Overview ( Michael A. Smyer ). 2 Cognitive Changes across the Life Span ( Shannon M. Foster, R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Michael A. Kisley, and Hasker P. Davis ). 3 Medical Factors Affecting Mental Capacity ( Kathryn Kaye and Jim Grigsby ). 4 Impact of Dementia on Decision-Making Abilities ( Stacey Wood and Betty E. Tanius ). PART II: Social and Legal Contexts of Capacity Decisions. 5 Decision-Making Capacity: The Players ( Sara Honn Qualls ). 6 A Primer for Legal Proceedings ( Wayna M. Marshall, Catherine Seal, and Lynn Vanatta-Perry ). 7 Culture and Medical Decision Making ( Michele J. Karel ). PART III: Clinical Evaluation and Intervention. 8 Clinical Frameworks for Capacity Assessment ( Jennifer Moye ). 9 The Role of Neuropsychological Assessment in Capacity Evaluations ( Stacey Wood ). 10 Assessment of Medical Consent Capacity and Independent Living ( Jennifer Moye and Michelle Braun ). 11 Assessment of Financial Capacity in Older Adults with Dementia ( Katina R. Hebert and Daniel C. Marson ). 12 Clinical Interventions for Decision Making with Impaired Persons ( Sara Honn Qualls ). 13 The Business of Geropsychology: Billing and Preparing Legal Reports and Testimony ( Kathryn Kaye and Michael Kenny ). Epilogue ( Michael A. Smyer ). Author Index. Subject Index.


Sara H. Qualls , PhD, is a clinical psychology faculty member at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has twenty years of academic, clinical, and continuing education training experience. She developed the first geropsychology doctoral program that integrates a geriatric mental health curriculum with clinical training and research training, and is the cochair of the Adult Development and Aging Division of the American Psychological Association. Michael A. Smyer , PhD, is the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College and directs their Center on Aging and Work. He conducts research on mental health and aging, particularly the design, implementation, and evaluation of health-related interventions for older adults.


"This particular and unique text expands on a conference held to train mental health professionals about assessments and interventions for decision-making capacity. What has emerged is a book that will benefit mental health professionals and clinicians with limited experience in assessing such capacity. Specifically, the content improves understanding of the complex and multidimensional issues within decision-making capacity; describes how to conduct evaluations of individuals with cognitive impairment; details possible interventions that can help maintain an individual's independence; and describes the intersection these evaluations might have within the legal system. Given the myriad issues that may arise in a capacity evaluation, Changes in Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention effectively provides general principles and guidelines that will allow health professionals to implement well-constructed assessments and reasonable interventions-to effectively collaborate with families, clinicians, and professionals within the legal system addressing the broad range of questions related to decision-making capacity." ( Journal of American Medical Association , February 18, 2009)
EAN: 9780470037980
ISBN: 0470037989
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2007
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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