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Older People, Nursing & Mental Health

Butterworth-Heinemann Title
ISBN: 9780750624404

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Older People, Nursing & Mental Health

By Alan Crump, BSc(Hons), RGN, RMN, Jim Marr, BA(Hons), RGN, RMN, Maria Scurfield, BSc(Hons), RMN, Diploma in Nursing Studies and Stuart Darby, MBE, BA(Hons), RGN, RMN, RHV, DPSN

208 pages
Copyright 1998
$74.95, Paperback, Reference

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A much needed practical nursing text addressing the complex problems posed by the growing number of elderly people with mental health problems. The book can be used as an everyday companion for qualified nurses or for teaching health care assistants and students about practical interventions, therapeutic approaches and for developing knowledge and attitudes. Wider issues are considered, including the care continuum through acute to continuing care, and different care environments.


"This book explains the most common mental health needs of older people, covering the theory of the development of mental illness in this age group, therapeutic approaches, and practical interventions. Key areas discussed include attitudes of practitioners, the challenging of stereotypical views, and guidance on good care practices."

Age Concern 'Information Circular', March 1999

"A most welcome addition to the literature for all those working in this specialist area. Acknowledgement that expert nursing does take place within this area is a breath of fresh air and a fact of which all working in this field should frequently be reminded.

The book covers a wide and relevant list of topics, is well supported by references and above all is interesting to read. This interest is generated by the spirit of debate and discussion of the contributors. This challenges the reader to stop and reflect upon their own practice, service developments and the key tasks of meeting the older person's unique needs.

...a very useful and enjoyable text."

Aging and Mental Health, 2000

Key Features

  • Practical advice for dealing with every-day problems
  • Examines common mental health problems in depth, to develop nurses' understanding of clients' needs
  • Positive approach, challenging stereotypical views and giving guidance for good care practices


    Degree students, qualified nurses, social workers, residential care workers, health care assistants.

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    Author Information

    By Alan Crump, BSc(Hons), RGN, RMN, RCN FOCUS Group Treasurer; Charge Nurse, Seacroft Hospital, Leeds, UK; Jim Marr, BA(Hons), RGN, RMN, RCN FOCUS Vice Chair; Mental Health Services Manager, Westminster Healthcare, UK; Maria Scurfield, BSc(Hons), RMN, Diploma in Nursing Studies, RCN FOCUS Group; Clinical Nurse Manager, Priority Healthcare, Wearside, Sunderland, UK and Stuart Darby, MBE, BA(Hons), RGN, RMN, RHV, DPSN, Formerly Head of Nursing Development, Camden and Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust, Chair of RCN Focus on Older People, Nursing and Mental Health

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