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Dynamic psychotherapy with elderly demented patients

This chapter describes a type of psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease that has been largely absent from the literature and from practice - psychodynamic psychotherapy - which addresses the internal factors that determine a patient's way of adapting and finding restitution. The benefits as weIl as the obstades to dynamic psychotherapy with Alzheimer's patients are explored. Principles underlying the treatment, and modifications of traditional techniques for this special population, are described. The chapter condudes with three case studies.