Health care professionals
treating older clients frequently hear concerns and complaints about memory
difficulties. In fact, research indicates that over 50% of those over
the age of 60 report experiencing serious memory problems.
- 1993 66pp paperbound ISBN: 9780943158921
- A Practitioner's Resource Series Title
The authors offer numerous memory assessment and memory
training strategies that may be easily incorporated into your treatment of
older adults. These "how-to-do-it" instructions are based on the results
of empirical investigations of various memory training approaches and the
experiences of the authors in working with elders.
In addition to this book's obvious usefulness for mental
health professionals who are treating older adults, it is also essential
reading for physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, nursing home staffs,
and other health care professionals who work with the elderly.
"This work provides all the relevant information necessary for the
practitioner to launch a treatment program. It does not prescribe a
'one-size-fits-all' approach. Rather, the basic techniques are described
in a brief (supermarket) fashion with appropriate references provided.....
Despite its short length, the work is complete."
-Jerome Yesavage, MD, reviewing
in American Journal of Geriatric
"The authors present a concise and technical overview of means by
which to integrate memory assessment and memory training with the mental
health and counseling treatment of older adults.... Via the use of case studies
and detailed suggestions regarding methods and techniques, the authors contribute
to resolving the dilemma faced by many practitioners who have little
understanding of the specific problems of their aged clients."
-Donna M. Trent,
PhD, reviewing in the NARPPS
Table of Contents
MEMORY PERFORMANCE AND AGING
Memory Complaints and Depression
Assessment of Objective Memory Functioning
Assessment of Subjective Memory Functioning
Assessment of Affective Status
COGNITIVE TRAINING IN BRAIN INJURY AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMS
Computer-Assisted Memory Training
THE MEMORY TRAINING PROGRAM
The Method of Loci
Novel Interacting Images
Writing Things Down
Placing Reminder Objects in a Prominent Place
Use of Established Locations
RESEARCH ON MEMORY TRAINING PROGRAMS
CONSIDERATION AND PROBLEMS
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
About the Authors
Forrest Scogin, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the
University of Alabama. His areas of interest and expertise include
clinical geropsychology, psychotherapy research, and sport psychology. Dr.
Scogin is active in the Division of Adult Development and Aging of the American
Psychological Association, and is a member of the Gerontological Society
of America. He publishes regularly in journals related to geropsychology.
Mark Prohaska, PhD, practices clinical psychology and neuropsychology in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His areas of interest and expertise include
clinical research, neuropsychological assessment, and solution-oriented
psychotherapy. As a graduate research assistant to Dr. Scogin, he provided
hands-on memory training to participants in their studies. In this
text, he presents examples of how older adults respond to and utilize various
memory training techniques.