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by Forrest Scogin & Mark Prohaska
by Forrest Scogin & Mark Prohaska

Aiding Older Adults With Memory Complaints

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• 1993  66pp paperback   ISBN: 9780943158921
• A Practitioner's Resource Series Title

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.

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.

Reviews
"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 Psychiatry

"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 Journal

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION
MEMORY PERFORMANCE AND AGING
    Sensory Memory
    Primary Memory
    Secondary Memory
    Tertiary Memory
MEMORY COMPLAINTS
    Memory Complaints and Depression
MEMORY ASSESSMENT
    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
    Organizational Techniques
          Categorization
          Chunking
    Imagery Techniques
          The Method of Loci
          Novel Interacting Images
    Physical Reminders
          Writing Things Down
          Placing Reminder Objects in a Prominent Place
          Use of Established Locations
SETTING
APPLICATIONS
RESEARCH ON MEMORY TRAINING PROGRAMS
CONSIDERATION AND PROBLEMS
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
REFERENCES

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.



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