Psychological Treatment of Older Adults: A Holistic Model by Lee Hyer PhD ABPP

By Lee Hyer PhD ABPP

“This is likely one of the top psychological future health and getting older books i've got ever learn. [It] is person who i'm going to flip to occasionally in my educating of doctoral scholars, and in my paintings with older adults. one of many exceptional facets of this ebook is the examine experiences; that are in-depth and large of their scope. it's transparent that Lee Hyer is a phenomenal scholar-clinician and geropsychologist..”—Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD

Drawing from present examine and medical perform, this article espouses a different interdisciplinary method of the evaluation and therapy of psychosocial impairment in older adults. This method, referred to as “Watch and Wait,” is grounded in a "whole individual" version of care instead of one who addresses indicators or syndromes in isolation. This version advocates courting construction, prevention, psychoeducation, multipronged interventions for comorbid difficulties, and verbal exchange. It does so within the context of a multidisciplinary wellbeing and fitness care staff, the sufferer, and kinfolk.

The version encompasses 5 center components of psychosocial impairment in older adults: melancholy, nervousness, cognitive deficits, adjustment or lifestyles difficulties, and overall healthiness concerns. thought of jointly, they supply an built-in knowing of the older grownup that's much more likely than single-disorder types to facilitate profitable results for universal psychosocial problems that ensue in later lifestyles. The publication describes intensive the original elements and intricate interactive affects of those 5 components as they follow to older adults looking psychological wellbeing and fitness therapy. A cornerstone of the author’s procedure is therapy in accordance with stringent care-based overview and thorough tracking of empirically supported interventions. each one issue is taken into account separately from its empirically supported foundation in addition to its interplay with the opposite components. targeted therapy modules are remoted for every issue and assembled to supply the optimum pathway for medical remedy.

The textual content additionally addresses the original problems of diagnosing the getting older inhabitants, the pitfalls of present remedies, and the necessity for brain-based versions for care.

Key Features:

  • Advocates for integrative, interdisciplinary care and first care involvement for the older adult
  • Emphasizes middle elements of care: melancholy, nervousness, cognition, pain/sleep/health matters, adjustment within the community
  • Demonstrates how a single-problem technique for older adults with psychiatric difficulties isn't really potent or effective care
  • Espouses a "Watch and Wait" paradigm of care, in line with person-centered prognosis and cautious tracking of treatment
  • Translates and integrates present examine findings with clarity
  • Covers use of SSRIs and different drugs, suicide, subsyndromal states, matters regarding fee of take care of the older sufferer, between different topics
  • Plentiful case examples

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Karlin, Duffy, and Gleaves (2008) examined patterns of serious mental illness, specific mental health syndromes, and service use among older (65+) and younger (18 to 64) adults throughout the United States, and the extent to which various factors predict mental health need and the use and magnitude of mental health treatment. In addition, the study examined factors related to unmet needs, as well as age group differences in perceived benefit from treatment. The findings reveal that older adults were three times less likely than their younger counterparts to receive any outpatient mental health treatment.

Unknown We do not do a good job of health care in this country. We spend twice the amount of other countries and end up in the middle of the pack on just about every outcome marker of health. Only 25% of people with a DSM diagnosis actually get treatment; only 10% of people with lifestyle problems (­smoking, poor diets) ever seek professional help. Mental health is costly—adding substantial costs to most medical problems. We have already established that unmet mental health needs lead to problems downstream.

The population 85+ is the fastest growing population and places the most demands on the health care system. Minority/disadvantaged: African American and Hispanic elders especially are at greater risk of health problems and often receive less treatment for their conditions. ” The prevalence of limited health literacy is highest among older adults, minority populations, those who are poor, and medically underserved people. Older adults face many challenges, as society’s view of their role transforms once they enter their sixth and seventh decades of life.

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