A Handbook of Geriatric Neuropsychology: Practice Essentials (Second Edition) brings together experts in the field to integrate the knowledge and skills needed to understand and treat older adults who are experiencing problems with memory and other thinking skills. With three new sections, including coverage of other conditions beyond neuropsychological disorders, special assessment contexts, and more on interventions and ethics, as well as multiple new chapters, and significant updates from the first edition, this book provides a strong foundation for clinicians, educators, and researchers invested in the wellbeing of older adults.

The impact and experience of aging, like the practice of neuropsychology, evolves over time. Similarly, through advances in science and professional techniques, neuropsychological practice has continued to evolve. Neuropsychological evaluation remains the most effective method of diagnosing age-related cognitive decline, cognitive difficulties that result from psychological factors, and other related disorders, as well as determining how the various disorders impact functioning and quality of life. This book explores these areas and offers state-of-the-art assessment techniques to assess changes in cognition and behavior and to distinguish normal changes from neuropathology.

This book is a go-to resource and key reference for psychologists who serve older adults with known or suspected cognitive problems, as well as those who are invested in promoting brain wellness. It provides much of the information needed to establish and improve foundational and functional competencies in geriatric neuropsychology and establish practices that are personally and professionally rewarding, all aimed at promoting the understanding and wellbeing of older adults.

part Section I|6 pages


chapter |4 pages


ByShane S. Bush, Brian P. Yochim

part Section II|152 pages

Neurocognitive Disorders

chapter 1|29 pages

Alzheimer's Disease

ByMadeleine L. Werhane, David P. Sheppard, Kathleen F. Pagulayan, Mark W. Bondi, Lisa Delano-Wood

chapter 2|26 pages

Cerebrovascular Disorders and Vascular Dementia

ByKelsey Wilson, Mary G. Jeffrey, Brian P. Yochim

chapter 3|28 pages

Parkinson's Disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies

ByPhillip K. Martin, Kate A. Wyman-Chick, Matthew J. Barrett, Ryan W. Schroeder

chapter 4|26 pages

Frontotemporal Dementias

ByMolly Memel, Joel H. Kramer

chapter 5|24 pages

Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults

ByJessica Bove, Russell M. Bauer

chapter 6|17 pages

Delirium in Older Adults

ByJasmen Rice, Carol Manning

part Section III|58 pages

Other Conditions

chapter 7|17 pages

Psychiatric Disorders in Older Adults

ByNancy A Pachana, Charissa Hosseini, Donna Pinsker

chapter 8|19 pages

Sleep, Fatigue, and Pain in Older Adulthood

ByYana Suchy, Stacey L. Brothers, Steven E. Carlson, Paula G. Williams

chapter 9|20 pages

Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults

ByDoug Johnson-Greene

part Section IV|162 pages


chapter 10|13 pages

The Clinical Interview

ByJacobus Donders

chapter 11|18 pages

Selection and Use of Screening Measures

ByGrant Harris, Brian P. Yochim

chapter 12|17 pages

Neuropsychological Batteries for Older Adults

ByJessica L. Katschke, John L. Woodard, Bradley N. Axelrod

chapter 13|19 pages

Teleneuropsychology and Applications of Technology

ByDustin B. Hammers

chapter 15|20 pages

Testing Accommodations in Geriatric Neuropsychology

ByKirk J. Stucky, Maegan Hatfield-Eldred

chapter 16|17 pages

Functional Assessment

ByLynn A. Schaefer

chapter 17|20 pages

Cultural Considerations in Geriatric Neuropsychology

ByJune Yu Paltzer, Mi-Yeoung Jo

chapter 18|18 pages

Serial Assessment in the Older Patient

ByKevin Duff, Katherine E. Dorociak, Torricia H. Yamada

part Section V|63 pages

Special Assessment Contexts

chapter 19|25 pages

The Application of Neuroimaging for Normal and Pathological Aging

ByL. Stephen Miller, Marissa A. Gogniat

chapter 20|19 pages

Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults

ByStacey A. Wood, Shane S. Bush, George J. Demakis

chapter 21|17 pages

Forensic Assessment in Geriatric Neuropsychology

ByGeorge J. Demakis, Michelle J. Chen, Dana R. Miller

part Section VI|91 pages


chapter 22|13 pages

The Relay of Neuropsychological Information: Providing Feedback

ByMatthew J. Wynn, Catherine H. Ju, Brian D. Carpenter

chapter 23|19 pages

Neuropsychological Treatment and Wellness Promotion with Older Adults

ByMichelle E. Mlinac, M. Lindsey Jacobs, Shane S. Bush

chapter 24|22 pages

Working with Families

ByDiana Hedrick, Darby Simon, Benjamin T. Mast

chapter 25|17 pages

Medication Effects on Cognition in Older Adults

BySimon F. Crowe

chapter 26|18 pages

Working with Geriatric Healthcare Teams: Opportunities for Neuropsychologists

ByKyle S. Page, Nabeel T. Yehyawi, B. Heath Gordon

part Section VII|37 pages

Ethical and Professional Issues

chapter 27|18 pages

Ethical Issues in Geriatric Neuropsychology

ByShane S. Bush, Andrew L. Heck, Christine D. Liff