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Psychiatric Disorders Late in Life: A Comprehensive Review
Editors: Tampi, Rajesh R., Tampi, Deena J., Boyle, Lisa L. (Eds.)
(AAGP Member author)

Though mental health recommendations for the elderly is rapidly evolving, the few current textbooks on this subject are either too voluminous or complex for regular review by clinicians, and most do not contain the latest information available in the field. Written by experts in geriatric psychiatry, this book provides a comprehensive yet concise review of the subject.The text covers topics that include the social aspect of aging, treatment and diagnosis options unique to the elderly in need of psychiatric care, policy and ethics, and particular geriatric health concerns that may influence psychiatric considerations. Hardbound. Springer Nature. 2018.

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Rational Suicide in the Elderly: Clinical, Ethical, and Sociocultural Aspects
Editors: McCue, Robert E., Balasubramaniam, Meera (Eds.)
(AAGP Member author)

This book provides a comprehensive view of rational suicide in the elderly, a group that has nearly twice the rate of suicide when chronically ill than any other demographic. Its frame of reference does not endorse a single point-of-view about the legitimacy of rational suicide, which is evolving across societies with little guidance for geriatric mental health professionals. Instead, it serves as a resource for both those clinicians who agree that older people may rationally commit suicide and those who believe that this wish may require further assessment and treatment. Hardbound. Springer Nature. 2017.

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Resilience and Aging Research and Practice
Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS
(AAGP Member author)

Resilience is a key component in maintaining health and happiness in old age. When aging adults struggle with social isolation, financial instability, or the difficult work of caring for a spouse with a chronic illness, their levels of stress can be enormous. But many older adults are living longer and are trying to make the best of their later years despite being more vulnerable to stress. In Resilience and Aging, renowned geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Helen Lavretsky explains how enhanced resilience - which involves positively adapting to adversity in a way that maintains a person's biological and psychological equilibrium - can counter that vulnerability. She describes how care, practice, and research all can be redirected toward emphasizing the positive aspects of aging and prevention. Hardcover. Johns Hopkins Press. 2014.

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Schizophrenia Into Later Life
Edited Carl I. Cohen, MD
(AAGP Member author)

This book provides comprehensive information about late-life schizophrenia including treatment approaches, research strategies, and economic and health policy issues. It will help community psychiatrists, gerontologists, psychologists, policy makers, and social scientists meet a growing demand for services. Paperback. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 2003.

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Sky Above Clouds
Wendy L. Miller and Gene D. Cohen With Teresa H. Barker
(AAGP Member author)

Through their scientific research and clinical practice, husband and wife team Gene D. Cohen and Wendy L. Miller uncovered new clues about how the aging mind can build resilience and continue growth, even during times of grave illness, thus setting aside the traditional paradigm of aging as a time of decline. Cohen, considered one of the founding fathers of geriatric psychiatry, describes what happens to the brain as it ages and the potential that is often overlooked. Miller, an expressive arts therapist and educator, highlights stories of creative growth in the midst of illness and loss encountered through her clinical practice. Together, Cohen and Miller show that with the right tools, the uncharted territory of aging and illness can, in fact, be navigated. In this book, the reader finds the real story of not only Cohen's belief in potential, but also how he and his family creatively used it in facing his own serous health challenges. With Miller's insights and expressive psychological writing, Sky Above Clouds tells the inside story of how attitude, community, creativity, and love shape a life, with or without health, even to our dying. Cohen and Miller draw deeply on their own lessons learned as they struggle through aging, illness, and loss within their own family and eventually Cohen's own untimely death. What happens when the expert on aging begins to age? And what happens when the therapist who helps others cope with illness and loss is forced to confront her own responses to these experiences? The result is a richly informative and emotional journey of growth. Paperback. Oxford Press. 2016

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