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PLTC Psychologists in Long-Term Care

Promoting Best Practices for Long-Term Care

On This Page:
Providing Care to Elders
Managing Difficult Behaviors
Recovering from Grief
Underutilization of Geropsychology
Responding to Disaster
Activation Therapy for Patients with Dementia
Wandering and Elopement Risk Assessment
Self-Help Resources for Depression
Helping Families get the Most out of Their Visits with Loved Ones with Alzheimer's
Sleep resources for services to patients
Suicide Prevention


These are some books and articles which PLTC members have recommended to other members on specific topics; these resources have been gathered from information sent across the PLTC listserv and have been compiled here.

AnchorProviding Care to Elders

For general geriatric population:

Smyer, M. & Qualls, S. (1999). Aging & Mental Health. Blackwell.

Salamon, M. J. & Rosenthal, G. (2003). Home or Nursing Home Making the Right Choices (2nd ed.). Springer. 

For general LTC population:

Barbera, Eleanor Feldman (2012), The Savvy Resident's Guide: Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Nursing Home Stay But Were Afraid to Ask. Psychology Insights Press.

Lichtenberg, P. (1994). A guide to psychiatric practice in geriatric long tem care settings. Haworth Press.

Long, S. (2005). Caring for people with challenging behaviors. Health Profession Press.

For Nursing Home staff caring for patients with dementia: 

Gwyther, L. (1985). Care of Alzheimer's Patients: A manual for nursing home staff. AHCA & ADRDA

For Caregivers of dementia patients: 

Mace, N., & Rabins, P. (1991). The 36-hour day. Johns Hopkins Press.


Grisso, T., & Appelbaum, P. S. (1998). Assessing competence to consent to treatment: A guide for physicians and other health professionals. New York: Oxford University Press

Moye, J. (2003). Guardianship and conservatorship (pp. 309-390). In T. Grisso & R. Borum (Eds.), Evaluating competencies: Forensic assessment and instruments. (2nd ed.). New York: Plenum.

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AnchorManaging Difficult Behaviors

Cohn, M., Smyer, M., & Horgas, A. (1994). The ABC's of behavior change: Skills for working with behavior problems in nursing homes. Venture Publishing, Inc.

Keane, B., & Dixon, C. (1999). Caring for people with problem behaviours. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press.

Lebow, G., Kane, B., & Lebow, I. (1999). Coping with your difficult older parent. New York: Avon Books.

Lichtenberg, P. A. (1994). A Guide to Psychological Practice in Geriatric Long-Term Care. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press

Lichtenberg, P. A. (1998). Mental Health Practice in Geriatric Healthcare Settings. New York: Haworth Press.

Lichtenberg, P. A., Kimbarow, M. L., Wall, J. R., Roth, R. E. & MacNeill, S. E. (1998). Depression in Geriatric Medical and Nursing Home Patients A Treatment Manual. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Lichtenberg, P. A. (Ed.)(1999). Handbook of Assessment in Clinical Gerontology. New York: Wiley Press.

Long, S. (2005). Caring for people with challenging behaviors: Essential skills and successful strategies in long-term care. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press.

Robinson, A., Spencer, B., & White, L. (1992). Understanding difficult behaviors: Some practical suggestions for coping with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. Ann Arbor, MI: Eastern Michigan University.

Rosowsky, E., Abrams, R., & Zweig, R. (Eds.) (1999). Personality disorder in older adults: Emerging issues in diagnosis and treatment. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

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AnchorRecovering from Grief

Brener, A. (1993). Mourning and Mitzvah: A guided journey for walking the mourner's path through grief to healing. Jewish Lights Publishing.

James, J. W., & Cherry, F. (1988). The grief recovery handbook: A step by step program for moving beyond loss. Harper and Row.

Rando, T. (1991). How to go on living when someone you love dies. Bantam.

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AnchorUnderutilization of Geropsychology

Halpain, M. C., Harris, M. J., McClure, F. S. & Jeste, D. V. (1999). Training in geriatric mental health: Needs and strategies. Psychiatric Services, 50(9), 1205-1208.

Jeste, D. V., Alexopoulos, G. S., Bartels, S. J., Cummings, J. L., Gallo, J. J., Gottlieb, G. L., Halpain, M. C., Palmer, B. W., Patterson, T. L., Reynolds, C. F., & Lebowitz, B. D. (1999). Consensus statement on the upcoming crisis in geriatric mental health: Research agenda for the next 2 decades. Archives of General Psychiatry, 56, 848-853.

Gatz, M., Karel, M. J., & Wolkenstein, B. (1991). Survey of providers of psychological services to older adults. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 22(5), 413-415.

Smyer, M. A., Shea, D. G., & Streit, A. (1994). The provision and use of mental health services in nursing homes: Results from the National Medical Expenditure Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 84, 284-287.

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AnchorWhat To Do In The Aftermath of Disaster?

Fostering Resilience in Response to Terrorism For Psychologists Working with Older Adults (.pdf file)

Other Publications on Aging from APA

APA's Help Center (other publications on resilience; including "The Road to Resilience")

Resources for Working With Survivors of Katrina and Their Families, & for Displaced Psychologists & Psychology Interns

The AGS Foundations for Health and Aging -- Hurricane Katrina: Informational Resources

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center - A Guide for Older Adults

Psychosocial Issues for Older Adults In Disasters (.pdf file)

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AnchorActivation Therapy for Patients with Dementia

Carpenter, B. D., Ruckdeschel, K., Ruckdeschel, H., & Van Haitsma, K. (2002). A manualized psychotherapy for long-term care residents with depression and dementia. Clinical Gerontologist, 25 (1/2), 25-49.

Duffy, M. (2006) Psychotherapeutic interventions for older persons with dementing disorders. In C. Brody (Ed.), Strategies for therapy with the elderly: Living with hope and meaning, (2nd Edit.), NY Springer Pub. Co.

Duffy, M. (2005) Strategies for working with women with dementia. In F.K. Trotman and C. Brody (Eds.) Women therapists working with older women. New York Springer Publishing Co.

Stanley, M. A., Quijano, L., Cully, J. A., Casado, B. L., Steinberg, E. H., Petersen, N. J., Woods, A., & Wilson, N. L. (2005). Healthy IDEAS: Expanding the boundaries of treatment for late-life depression. Presented at the 39th Annual Convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington, DC, November.

Teri, L., Logsdon, R. G., Uomoto, J., & McCurry, S. M. (1997). Behavioral treatment of depression in dementia patients A controlled clinical trial. Journal of Gerontology Psychological Sciences, 52B, P159-P166.

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AnchorWandering and Elopement Risk Assessment

Hussian, R. & Davis, R. L. (1985). Responsive care: Behavioral interventions with elderly persons. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Algase, D. L. (2001). Wandering. In B. Edelstein (Ed.). Clinical geropsychology. Oxford: Elsevier.

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AnchorSelf-Help Resources for Depressed Elders

Eckford, L., & Lambert, A. (2002). Beating the Senior Blues How to Feel Better and Enjoy Life Again. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Greenberg, D., & Padesky, C. (1995). Mind Over Mood (Client Workbook).

Butler, G., & Hope, T. (1997). Managing Your Mind: A Mental Fitness Guide. Oxford University Press.

Burn, D. (1999). Feeling Good. New York: Avon Books.

Copeland, M. E. & McKay, M. (2001). Depression Workbook (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

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Anchor Helping Families Get The Most out of Visiting their Loved One with Alzheimer's

(the above 2 links are the same information)

“Talking to Alzheimer's" by Claudia Strauss from New Harbringer Publishers

"Alzheimer's for Dummies" by Patricia Smith, Mary Kenan and Mark Kunik

"Your Name Is Hughes Hannibal Shanks: A Caregiver's Guide to Alzheimer's” by Lela Knox Shanks, Foreword by Steven H. Zarit (1996)

"Memory Books and other graphic cuing systems: Practical communication and memory aids for adults with dementia" by Michelle S. Bourgeois by Health Professional Press (2007).

“Alzheimer’s Activities: Hundreds of Activities for Men and Women with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders” by B. J. Fitzray (2001).

“Learning to speak Alzheimer’s: A groundbreaking approach for everyone dealing with the disease” by Joanne Koenig Coste (2004)

“A Dignified Life: The best friends approach to Alzheimer’s care, a guide for family caregivers.” By V. Bell & D. Troxel (2002)

“The 36-Hour Day”

“Alzheimer's Early Stages: First steps for family, friends and caregivers.”  Kuhn, Daniel. (2003)

“Alzheimer's:  Answers to Hard Questions for Families.”  Nelson, J. L., & Nelson, H. (1997)

"A Different Visit: Activities for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones with Memory Impairments." Joltin, A., Camp, C. J., Noble, B. H., & Antenucci, V. M. (2005)

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AnchorSleep Resources for Services to Patients

Tuck - Advancing Better Sleep

Tuck - Guide to Anxiety and Sleep

Tuck - How Does Trauma Effect Sleep?

Tuck - Mental Illness and Sleep Disorders

AnchorSuicide Prevention Guide

While targeted to college students, this Suicide Prevention Guide can have some general relevance to geriatric care.