Whole Person Dementia Assessment

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Although we can t currently offer a cure for Alzheimer s, we can provide better information and advice to people with the disease (and their caregivers) to help improve their ability to live and cope with this challenging disease. This groundbreaking book shows how to start making a difference during the initial evaluation and beyond. Treating every assessment as more than a simple diagnostic process , Whole Person Dementia Assessment sets the stage for more constructive interventions, better care, and a higher quality of life throughout the disease process by providing a richer understanding of the person and the way the disease is affecting him or her.

Blending traditional clinical evaluation procedures with more person-centered approaches, Whole Person Dementia Assessment shows how to assess a person s cognitive deficits while also discovering and emphasizing remaining strengths and abilities. Best-practice assessment tools are recommended and provided, including a comprehensive, whole-person interview form.

Backed by solid research findings, Dr. Benjamin T. Mast demonstrates that geriatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and long-term care providers who incorporate these methods into their assessment processes, will substantially improve their ability to
Develop rapport with the person and family members
Collect more in-depth and valid assessment results
Identify cognitive and behavioral strengths and weaknesses
Recommend interventions

With Whole Person Dementia Assessment, professionals who care about the well-being of their patients and residents can now provide more productive consultations that will result in better outcomes. Take advantage of this new opportunity to help lighten the burden of a devastating disease.

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Benjamin Mast, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). Along with his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wayne State University (WSU), he also received research training at the WSU Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Mast s research on dementia and depression in late life has been published in peer-reviewed journals including American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, The Gerontologist, Clinical Gerontologist, Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition, Biological Psychiatry, and Clinical Neuropsychologist. He has also contributed a chapter to the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. His awards include the New Investigator Award from the American Geriatrics Society and the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from the Kentucky Psychological Association.
In addition to teaching courses on clinical assessment, geropsychology, and adult and geriatric neuropsychology, Dr. Mast is a licensed clinical psychologist involved in the assessment of late-life cognitive decline and mood changes, particularly in connection with dementias such as Alzheimer s disease and vascular and frontotemporal dementia as well as other cognitive syndromes such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI). He also teaches and supervises doctoral students learning to conduct assessment and psychotherapy with older adults who are experiencing cognitive decline and depression.
Dr. Mast is active in the Gerontological Society of America and the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs. Working closely with the Alzheimer s Association, he has also conducted workshops and presentations for health care professionals, professional caregivers, family caregivers, and people experiencing dementia.

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I found this book so engrossing that I read through it in one sitting...I highly recommend [it] for students and practitioners who are interested in helping people with dementia and their caregivers live the best lives possible after a dementia diagnosis. --William E. Haley, PhD, Professor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida

[A] remarkable and vital contribution...[it] provides a compelling case for why practitioners must broaden their assessments...and lays out new practical tools for doing so." --Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Director, Institute of Gerontology and Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University

Dr. Mast...has succeeded in integrating his scholarly knowledge and skill as an educator with his compassionate and personalized approach to dementia care. --Rebecca G. Logsdon, PhD, Research Professor, Clinical Psychologist, Dept. of Psychosocial & Community Health, University of Washington

[A] remarkable and vital contribution...[it] provides a compelling case for why practitioners must broaden their assessments...and lays out new practical tools for doing so." --Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Director, Institute of Gerontology and Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University

Dr. Mast...has succeeded in integrating his scholarly knowledge and skill as an educator with his compassionate and personalized approach to dementia care. --Rebecca G. Logsdon, PhD, Research Professor, Clinical Psychologist, Dept. of Psychosocial & Community Health, University of Washington

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