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Older People and Mental Health Nursing: A Handbook of Care

Rebecca Neno (Editor), Barry Aveyard (Editor), Hazel Heath (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5169-6
256 pages
October 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Older People and Mental Health Nursing provides an evidence-based guide to caring for the growing number of older people with mental health issues. It focuses on the knowledge and key skills which practitioners require to work effectively with older people who have, or are at risk of developing, mental health needs.

Divided into five sections, Older People and Mental Health Nursing first explores the background, historical perspectives and influences on mental health care in later life. It then looks at the ethical and legal issues involved, therapeutic relationships, and the values underpinning support and care. Part three focuses on aspects which have traditionally been neglected in mental health care, including culture, religion and sexuality. Part four details specific mental health issues for older people, including delirium, depression, and dementia. The final section explores future trends in older people’s mental health and offers ideas on how nursing is developing, and could develop, to address these.



    • Offers a practical evidence-based guide to the care of older people with mental health conditions

    • Includes thought provoking practice examples throughout

    • Contains guidelines for nursing practice & therapeutic interventions

    • Includes case studies and reflective scenarios

    • Written by experts in the field
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PART 1: CONTEXT.

Chapter 1: Background and influences.

Part 2: HELPING OLDER INDIVIDUALS.

Chapter 2: Older individuals and mental health.

Chapter 3: Normal physiological ageing.

Chapter 4: Values underpinning help, support and care.

Chapter 5: Approaches to help, support and care.

Chapter 6: Legal and ethical frameworks for mental health nursing.

Chapter 7: Dilemmas in mental health nursing.

Chapter 8: Assessing older people with mental health issues.

PART 3: NEGLECTED ASPECTS.

Chapter 9: Culture, religion and spirituality.

Chapter 10: Intimacy, sex and sexuality.

Chapter 11: Nutrition.

Chapter 12: Palliative and end-of-life care.

PART 4: MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FOR OLDER PEOPLE.

Chapter 13: Acute mental health issues.

Chapter 14: Delirium.

Chapter 15: Enduring mental health issues.

Chapter 16: Depression in later life.

Chapter 17: Dementia in later life.

PART 5: FUTURE DIRECTIONS.

Chapter 18: Mental health and well-being for older people in the future: the nursing contribution
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Rebecca Neno is Primary Care Development Lead & Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at Thames Valley University, London. She is also a Committee Member of the RCN Mental Health and Older People's Forum. Barry Aveyard is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield. He is also a Committee Member of the RCN Mental Health and Older People's Forum. Hazel Heath is an Independent Consultant on Nursing and Older People and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at City University, London.
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● Offers a practical evidence-based guide to the care of older people with mental health conditions
● Includes thought provoking practice examples throughout
● Contains guidelines for nursing practice and therapeutic interventions
● Includes case studies and reflective scenarios
● Written by experts in the field
See More
"This is a good book which is well written and very readable. Its key success is in the inclusion of aspects of older persons' mental health care which have traditionally been neglected in the literature." (Journal of Dementia Care, July/August 2008)

"A good purchase for those specialising in the nursing of older people." (Primary Health Care)

"This is a useful book for student nurses and those wishing to gain a fundamental understanding of mental health needs in older people." (Journal of Community Nursing)

“Clear, precise and easy to follow…I am really interested in working with the older adult and found this book great to read and full of useful information. This book will be great reference for now and after I am finished with my training.” (Daniel Jenks; 3rd year nursing student; University of West Scotland)

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