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Schizophrenia Into Later Life Treatment, Research, and Policy by Carl I. Cohen

Schizophrenia Into Later Life Treatment, Research, and Policy


Schizophrenia Into Later Life Treatment, Research, and Policy by Carl I. Cohen

We are on the verge of a crisis in mental health. Over the next 30 years the number of chronically mentally ill people 55 years of age and older will double. With multiple disorders relating to mental illness and old age, these people will require unique services from a health care system that is ill prepared to deliver them. Schizophrenia Into Later Life: Treatment, Research, and Policy is the first major multidisciplinary reference on this important topic -- a landmark work for researchers, service providers, and policy makers. Broad in scope, it discusses the demographic and clinical characteristics of older schizophrenic persons, details treatment approaches, suggests research strategies, and covers the relevant economic and health policy issues. ? The most up-to-date, comprehensive source of information on this understudied group. It will help community psychiatrists, gerontologists, psychologists, policy makers, and social scientists meet a growing demand for services.? A multidisciplinary approach with contributing experts from fields of biological psychiatry, social psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, social work, psychology, and neuropsychology will help professionals integrate services for the best outcome.? A primary resource on the subject -- sections include epidemiology, biological aspects, psychosocial features, clinical care, and public policy. Today there is a distressing lack of age-appropriate clinical, rehabilitative, or residential programs for older patients with chronic mental illness. Schizophrenia in Later Life: Treatment, Research, and Policy will guide researchers, service providers, and policy makers in creating innovative new programs to help this underserved and growing population.


Regrettably, a literature review reveals that only 1 percent of the literature on schizophrenia has addressed issues of aging. Cohen's multidisciplinary reference, which aims to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge about schizophrenia in later life and to examine the implications for service, research and policy, helps fill that gap. It will serve as a guide for much-needed planning for integrated services. * Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow * This book is easy to read and deals with a broad spectrum of services needed for the comprehensive clinical care of people with schizophrenia. Thus, it will be a valuable reference to clinicians (e.g. physician, social worker, psychologist, case manager) and students as well as consumers. * Myung A. Lee, M.D., Journal of Clinical Psychiatry * Cohen has edited an important book that summarizes the work and research that is proceeding in a longitudinal study of the course of schizophrenia.... A missing resource has been put in place with the publication of this text. * F. M. Baker, M.D., MPH, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease * This high quality book addresses a growing issue in psychiatry. In this book, leading thinkers lend their expertise on the subject. There will no doubt be other significant works to follow. * Daniel Loiterstein, M.D., Doody's Book Reviews * For once, with a multi-author volume, I was truly appreciative of a degree of editorial diligence that has ensured true chapter complimentarity. The result is a book that I found easy to read from start to finish. I would recommend that every psychiatrist involved in the care of older people does just this.... Schizophrenia Into Later Life should go some way to raise awareness and concern about this enormous patient group. This book really should be on every Old Age Psychiatrist's bookshelf. * Robert Howard, International Psychogeriatrics * Schizophrenia Into Later Life is an important book on the consequential but neglected areas of research, service and policy for people with schizophrenia as they age... This comprehensive volume is valuable and recommended for anyone who works with, studies or develops policies for aging individuals with serious mental illness. * David R. Levine, M.D., Psychiatric Times * The strength of the book lies in its exhaustive coverage of all aspects of schizophrenia throughout the lifespan to lead to greater understanding of the issues pertinent to those patients who are moving into older age. With the anticipated doubling in numbers of elderly people with chronic mental illness in the next 30 years it will become increasingly important for old age psychiatrists to be able to manage this group effectively and as a complete source this book is indispensable reading. Indeed as an in-depth overview of schizophrenia throughout the life cycle it would be valuable reading for all psychiatrists and an ideal revision source for trainees. * International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry *

About the Author

Carl I. Cohen, M.D., is Professor and Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Publication date

4th April 2003


Carl I. Cohen

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American Psychiatric Association Publishing


344 pages


Clinical psychology
Geriatric medicine
Illness & addiction: social aspects



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