Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia and Depression in Older Adults: A Clinician's Guide

Pages: 219
Item #: 4318311
ISBN: 978-1-55798-437-1
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 1994
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Two of the most common psychological disorders of later life are dementia and depression. The diagnosis of these conditions presents a challenge to clinicians because the symptoms of depression and dementia often overlap; in addition, the symptoms of either of these disorders in their early stages may be attributed to the normal effects of aging.

To successfully identify and treat depression and dementia in older adults—thereby avoiding or delaying unnecessary and costly long-term care—psychologists must increase their skills in communicating and working with the older population.

Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia and Depression in Older Adults reviews the most up-to-date research on the diagnosis of dementia and depression and offers concrete recommendations for evaluating this unique population. A helpful appendix refers readers to cognitive test norms for older adults.

The contributors to this volume, all experts in the psychological assessment of older adults, give clinicians and practitioners clear and practical guidance on

  • differentiating psychological disorders from normal events in the aging process
  • identifying symptoms of depression and symptoms of dementia
  • performing differential assessment of dementia and depression
  • determining legal competency of older adults
  • providing clinical interpretations to clients and their families
  • applying assessment to therapy and interventions

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1994 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction
    —Jack G. Wiggins, Jr.
  2. General Principles of Assessment of Older Adults
    —Martha Storandt
  3. Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia
    —Meryl A. Butters, David P. Salmon, and Nelson Butters
  4. Assessment of Depression in Older Adults: A Guide for Practitioners
    —Forrest R. Scogin
  5. Differential Diagnosis of Dementia and Depression
    —Alfred W. Kaszniak and Gina DiTraglia Christenson
  6. Clinical Assessments for Legal Competence of Older Adults
    —Thomas Grisso
  7. Providing Clinical Interpretations to Older Clients and Their Families
    —Bob G. Knight
  8. Application of Assessment to Therapy and Intervention With Older Adults
    —Margaret Gatz

Appendix A. A Survey of Clinicians' Practices With Older Adults
—F. Marcus Brown III and Jack G. Wiggins, Jr.

Appendix B. A Listing of References to Cognitive Test Norms for Older Adults
—Richard C. Erickson, Perry Eimon, and Nancy Hebben

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors