Aging, Rehabilitation, and Psychology

Adam T. Gerstenecker and Benjamin T. Mast

in The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199733989
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Aging, Rehabilitation, and Psychology

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This chapter examines the role of psychologists in the rehabilitation of older adults. The chapter begins with a review of the changes expected to take place in the population demographics of the United States and its impact on geriatric rehabilitation. The next section highlights core concepts in geriatric rehabilitation, as well as predictors of successful outcome. In the final sections of the chapter, psychologists’ roles within geriatric rehabilitation will be examined, with particular emphasis placed upon assessing cognitive impairment and depression, and specific interventions for treating depression in geriatric rehabilitation patients.

Keywords: Geriatric rehabilitation; geropsychology; medical rehabilitation; assessment; intervention; physical performance; disability; executive functioning; chronic pain; sleep disorders

Article.  15092 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Neuropsychology

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