Mental Health and the Elderly
Friday's Progress Notes - July 13, 2001
Mental Health Information - Vol. 5 Issue 15
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1. Fact sheet on geriatrics and mental health
2. Tools for mental health screening of the elderly
3. Alzheimer's Disease management
4. Treatment of geriatric depression
5. Legal and ethical issues in treating geriatric patients
6. Elder abuse.
7. Alzheimer's Caregiver Guide
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- Aging and Long Term Care
- Counseling Older Adults
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Suicide Assessment and Intervention
- Supervision: Issues in Clinical Supervision
- Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychotherapy
- PTSD: Treating Adults, Adolescents, and Children
- Brief CBT in the Treatment of Substance Abuse
- Alcohol Problems in Intimate Relationships
- Dream Interpretation: A Developmental Counseling and Therapy Approach
- HIPAA Made Friendly: How To Become Compliant
- Ethics, Money and the Therapeutic Relationship
Mental health practitioners and advocates have long been opposed to disparity in healthcare coverage for those with mental illnesses. The elderly are not immune to this discrimination, and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry is calling for an end to the current Medicare law that imposes a discriminatory 50 percent co-payment on outpatient treatment of mental disorders. For an excellent presentation of the issue, see the statement of Stephen Bartels, MD, MS, president of AAGP posted at http://www.aagpgpa.org/advocacy/testimony_starkwellstone.asp.
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John L. Miller, MD
1. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY
Geriatrics and Mental Health - The Facts
This fact sheet gives statistics on mental health issues affecting the elderly.
2. AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN
The Geriatric Patient: A Systematic Approach to Maintaining Health
This article reviews assessment tools and techniques for health screening of the elderly. Screening tools include the Mini-Mental State, the Geriatric Depression Scale, the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale, and the Checklist of Assessment Areas for Maintaining Healthy Geriatric Patients.
3. ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES
Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease Management
This clinical practice guideline represents core care recommendations for AD management, which are clear, measurable, practical, and based on scientific evidence, as available.
4. CLINICAL GERIATRICS
Evaluation and Treatment of Depression in Patients with Cognitive Impairment
Older adults typically do not complain of depressed mood, and they may manifest depression through social withdrawal, isolation, and decline in activities of daily living, making the diagnosis difficult to identify.
5. MERCK MANUAL OF GERIATRICS
Legal and Ethical Issues
The manual discusses assessment of decisional capacity and
competence, identification of decision makers, resolution of
conflicts about care, disclosure of information, termination of
treatment at the end of life, and decisions about long-term care.
The authors identify seven categories of elder abuse and provide questions that can be used to elicit information about abuse.
7. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times.
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