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The Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults

The Watch and Wait Holistic Model

Editor(s): Lee Hyer

Book Description

Grounded in extensive research, this book outlines a deliberative process in the psychosocial care of older adults, both in terms of assessment and treatment. It is a clinical undertaking with academic emphasis on the real life needs of older adults, and even considers current meta-trends of health. The world of aging has changed. Data now clearly suggest that older age is replete with exciting complexities that can be unpacked and changed.

Specifically, the book articulates a Watch and Wait model of care espousing a plan for the modal problems of later life. Five domains are presented as a sufficient understanding of a case: general health, cognition, depression, anxiety, and life adjustment. Importantly, assessment is considered first in each domain and a profile for each patient is provided as a result. The text also discusses the role of personality in later life. Empirically supported interventions are then provided in each area.

This book is intended for health care professionals, as well as academics who work with this population. Older age is changing and a newer model of care is necessary.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-3859-7
ISBN-10: 1-5275-3859-1
Date of Publication: 01/01/2020
Pages / Size: 668 / A5
Price: £95.99


Lee Hyer, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Mercer School of Medicine and is a clinical psychologist at the Georgia Neurosurgical Institute, USA. He has authored over 250 journal articles and book chapters and four books. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological and Gerontological Society, and is on the science board of the Alzheimer’s Federation of America. He has received over 30 grants on the clinical aspects of aging, and served a professorship on the faculties of the Medical College of Georgia and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA. He also served as an army clinical psychologist during the Vietnam War and later directed PTSD units in the Veterans Administration for many years. He is now also a consultant and teacher to geriatric medicine fellows at Mercer. His current research involves biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid and cognitive training for normative and non-normative aging.