Presenting best practices for assessment and intervention with older adults experiencing cognitive decline, this book draws on cutting-edge research and extensive clinical experience. The authors' integrative approach skillfully interweaves neuropsychological and developmental knowledge. The volume provides guidelines for evaluating and differentiating among normal aging, subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and different types of dementia. It identifies risk and protective factors that may influence an individual's trajectory and describes how to create a sound case conceptualization. Evidence-based strategies for pharmacological, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological intervention with patients and their caregivers are illustrated with vivid case examples.
"Highly readable and with broad coverage of key topics, this volume is sure to appeal to seasoned clinicians as well as students. The book contains a helpful introduction to both protective and risk factors for cognitive decline. It supports interpretation of individuals' current cognitive symptom presentations based on an integrative developmental perspective that is sensitive to a range of potential contributing factors. This framework--coupled with clinical assessment guidelines and engaging case studies--brings to life the process of interpreting often complex assessment scenarios. The distillation of empirical research on types of interventions suitable for specific neuropsychological presentations is extremely useful. A valuable resource."--Nancy A. Pachana, PhD, FASSA, Codirector, Aging Mind Initiative, University of Queensland, Australia
"Essential reading for neuropsychologists, geriatricians, neurologists, and psychiatrists who provide services for older adults. What makes the book distinctive is its accessible overview of the cognitive aging process that successfully integrates basic and cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, and lifespan development approaches. Chapters on intervention are particularly useful, offering practical guidance and tools to improve aspects of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. A strength of the book, overall, is its emphasis on the relative influences of biological, psychological, and social factors in the stunningly complex, often nonlinear trajectory of cognitive aging."--Laura A. Rabin, PhD, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
About the Authors:
Holly A. Tuokko, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist, is Professor of Psychology and a member of the graduate faculty in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she is also a research affiliate of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, Dr. Tuokko was Supervising Psychologist at the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders at UBC Hospital and worked on a geriatric mental health outreach team. She coordinated the neuropsychological component of the Canadian Study of Health and Aging and was Senior Investigator for a program of research on mental health and aging, including the evolution of cognitive disorders. Dr. Tuokko is the Psychological Health theme leader for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging.
Colette M. Smart, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist, is Associate Professor of Psychology and a member of the graduate faculty in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she is also a research affiliate of the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health. Previously, Dr. Smart was a staff neuropsychologist at the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute and the Neuroscience Institute, both affiliates of JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey. Her current research integrates her knowledge of aging and dementia with principles and practices of neurorehabilitation. Dr. Smart is a core member of the Subjective Cognitive Decline Initiative, an international working group of researcher-clinicians, in which she leads a special interest group focused on non-pharmacological interventions such as mindfulness training.