In the professional and practice literature on working with older people, little attention has been given to the potential impact of trauma experienced in childhood and early adult life. This book looks at the effect of trauma on behaviour, which is often mistakenly viewed as part of the pathology of old age. The contributors pay particular attention to the impact of the Holocaust and of the war experience of civilians and combatants, as well as individual trauma. The authors call for sensitivity on the part of professionals and carers to the possibility of early trauma as a causal factor in distress in older people. The book encourages all those providing services to prepare themselves and their clients for a journey through what is often painful territory: the material contained in this volume will help both specialist and non-specialist practitioners to map a more certain course towards a coherent approach to therapeutic intervention and the care and support of many people still suffering from the consequences of earlier traumatic experiences.
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Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Introduction. PART 1: TRAUMA AS THE STARTING POINT 2. Post Traumatic Re-Experiencing in Older People: Working Through or Covering Up? J N Schreuder, General Director of Centrum '45, The Netherlands. 3. Healing Early Sexual Trauma in Old Age, Maj-Briht Bergstrom-Walan, Director of the Swedish Institute for Sexual Research, Stockholm. 4. The Emotional Consequences of War Fifty Years On: A Psychiatrist's Perspective, Louis Crocq, consultant social psychiatrist, Secretariat Generale de la Defense Nationale. 5. Understanding and Treating the Long Term Consequences of War Trauma in World War II Veterans, Ian Robbins, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, North Devon Health Care Trust. PART 2: STARTING FROM THE HOLOCAUST. 6. Time Heals No Wounds, Elisabeth Brainin, psychologist, and Samy Teicher, psychoanalyst, Vienna. 7. Late Onset of Symptoms in Holocaust Survivors, David J de Levita, psychoanalyst, Amsterdam. 8. Cafe 84: Social Daycare for Survivors and their Children, Heidi Fried, psychologist, Hasselby. 9. Working with Elderly Survivors, Judith Hassan, Director, Shalvata. PART 3: OLD AGE AS THE STARTING POINT 10. Psychic Pain Surfacing in Dementia: From New to Old Sore? Bere Miesen, Clinical Psychogerontologist, Verpleghuis Marienhavan. 11. Out of Silence: What People Cannot Talk About, Laura Sutton, Clinical Psychologist, Moorgreen Hospital. 12. Listening to War Memories in Late Life: Depression and Dementia, Peter Coleman, Professor of Social Gerontology, and Maria A Mills, Visiting Fellow, University of Southampton. 13. We'll Meet Again: The Long Term Psychological Effects of Civilian Evacuations in World War II Britain, Stephen Davies, Head of Clinical Psychology Services for Older People, Essex and Herts Community NHS Trust. PART 4: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES Political Violence and Coping in Northern Ireland, Faith Gibson, Professor of Social Work, University of Ulster. 14. The Journey Continues, Linda Hunt, Mary Marshall and Cherry Rowlings. Index.