One of the largest patient populations seen by neuropsychologists are older adults suffering from problems associated with aging. Further, the proportion of the population aged 65 and above is rising rapidly. This book provides a guide to neuropsychological clinicians increasingly called upon to assess this population. The book details in a step-by-step fashion the phases and considerations in performing a neuropsychological assessment of an older patient. It covers procedural details including review of patient's medical records, clinical interview, formal testing, interpretation of test scores, addressing referral questions, and preparing an evaluation report.
Among its key features, it: outlines a clear, logical approach to neuropsychological evaluation; provides specific clinical practice guidelines for each phase of the evaluation; integrates clinical practice with up-to-date research findings; recommends specific tests for evaluating older adults; details how to interpret test findings and identify the patient's neuropsychological profile; illustrates important points with examples and case materials, many neuropathologically-confirmed; and includes forms useful in clinical practice.