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Geriatric Psychiatry, Alzheimer Disease, and Dementia 

Geriatric psychiatry is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (APBN) subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in older adults. A geriatric psychiatrist helps older patients and their families navigate the transitions of late life when there is an increased vulnerability to illness and loss.

Dementia is a cognitive disorder associated with aging. The symptoms of the disease include increasing memory loss and impairment of other cognitive functions, such as language disturbance, inability to carry out motor activities, and difficulties with planning or decision making. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, characterized by gradual onset and continuing cognitive decline.

Books on Mental Health and Illness in Older Adults

American Psychiatric Publishing (APPI), a division of the American Psychiatric Association publishes textbooks and clinical manuals on the mental and emotional challenges facing the elderly and improvements in psychiatric care for older adults.

The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric PsychiatryThe American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, Fourth Edition, offers a comprehensive review of mental disorders among the elderly written by leaders in geriatric psychiatry, gerontology, geriatric medicine, and geriatric nursing.
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric NeuropsychiatryThe American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Neuropsychiatry, Third Edition, integrates research on impaired brain function in aging patients from a range of medical specialties including psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, gerontology, genetics, and molecular biology
Clinical Manual of Alzheimer Disease and Other DementiasClinical Manual of Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias provides an expert and concise orientation to the care of older adults with dementia.
Psychiatric ServicesThe Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences publishes peer-reviewed articles advancing effective diagnosis and treament options for patients with Alzheimer disease and dementia.

View a complete list of books about geriatric psychiatry, Alzheimer disease, and dementia.