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Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers

The National Alliance for Caregiving and the National Coalition on Aging have partnered on a series of resources for family care givers of older adults. The Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers can be accessed here Webinar information can be found here

VA Caregiver Support Line

The VA Caregiver Support Line can provide immediate assistance and answer questions about services which veterans may be eligible. For further information and to speak with a licensed social worker, contact 1-855-260-3274.

Concerns unique to LGBT older adults in Michigan

The "LGBT & Caregiver Concerns Guide" was recently developed in the Metro Detroit Region. It includes information regarding legal, healthcare, privacy and financial concerns that are unique to LGBT older adults in Michigan. Visit for more information.

Education and Counseling to Help Older Adults Recover from Financial Scams and Identity Theft.

SAFE (Success After Financial Exploitation) is a free program offered through the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. Visit for more information.

Recent additions to the MHAP Library

 Hoarding Disorder

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (second edition) Tolin, Frost, Steketee, Oxford University Press (2014)
Editorial Reviews From the Publisher
"...[the authors] have been leading the way in documenting characteristics of sufferers and how to treat the excellent guide for therapists who have only limited experience in treating hoarding, as well as for those who treat other subtypes of OCD but not necessarily hoarding."--Cognitive and Behavioral Practice

"There are a fair number of self-help books out there on aspects of OCD. Buried in Treasures is among the best of them. People with a hoarding problem should definitely find value in this book. It also belongs on the shelf of many mental health providers because whatever population one is working with will have its share of individuals with this problem. I hope that, in future, the authors may bring their knowledge, experience, and excellent writing skills to additional self-help books on aspects of OCD." --PsycCRITIQUES

"I would recommend this book to treatment providers, professional organizers and the compulsive hoarder. This book, if used properly, will guide the reader to clutter-free living!" --Patricia B. Perkins, JD, Executive Director, OC Foundation, Inc.
"The world's leading experts on compulsive acquiring, hoarding and saving have presented their proven, step-by-step treatment in a practical, easy-to-understand format that will be useful to anyone who hoards, as well as any professional who treats this problem. If you are looking for ways to clear your clutter, you need to read this book now!" --Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Author, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough

Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, Frost and Steketee, Mariner Books (2010)
Editorial Reviews
"Like those classics of psychological study, A. R. Luria's The Mind of the Mnemonist and Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Stuff is authoritative, haunting, and mysterious. It is also intensely, not to say compulsively readable."
--Tracy Kidder

"A fascinating book--Stuff is the stuff of nightmares, of people living in a world subsumed by their obsession to collect and hoard things. You will surely recognize, to one degree or another, a part of yourself in these portraits."
--Jonathan Harr, author of The Lost Painting and A Civil Action

"Eye-opening... Frost and Steketee write with real sympathy and appreciation for hoarders...This succinct, illuminating book will prove helpful to hoarders, their families, and mental health professionals who work with them."--Publishers Weekly

The Hoarding Handbook, Bratiotis, Schmalisch, Steketee, Oxford University Press (2011)
Hoarding is a serious, time-consuming, and expensive problem for virtually every community across the United States. First responders often encounter hoarding unexpectedly and are confused about how to resolve the wide range of problems, from public health and fire safety violations, to housing violations, to concern for the welfare of children, elders and animals. Sometimes solutions must be coordinated across several human service disciplines. The first of its kind, this handy guide is a nuts and bolts resource filled with case studies, tips and strategies, and easy-to-use suggestions for professionals responding to hoarding situations.

Organized around the common ways hoarding captures the attention of social service providers, this user-friendly guide provides tools to assess the problem, to coordinate and delegate tasks among helping professionals, and to work directly with reluctant hoarders and those affected by the hoarding. Chapters give hands-on guidance and decision trees for who should be involved and what strategies are needed for each case. This book is compassionate and comprehensive, an invaluable reference for social workers and human service providers in a broad range of fields.

Motivational Interviewing

Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook, Rosengren, The Guilford Press (2009)
Developing expertise in motivational interviewing (MI) takes practice, which is exactly the point of this engaging, user-friendly workbook. The volume is packed with real world examples from a range of clinical settings, as well as sample interactions and hands-on learning activities. The author is an experienced MI researcher, clinician, and trainer who facilitates learning with quizzes, experiential exercises, and reproducible worksheets. Working alone or with a partner or study group, the reader is taken step by step through practicing core MI skills: raising the importance of behavior change, enhancing the client's confidence, resolving ambivalence, solidifying commitment to change, and negotiating a change plan.


 Coping with Behavior Change in Dementia: A Family Caregiver's Guide, Spencer and White, Whisppub LLC (2015)
This handbook is intended to help families understand possible causes of common behavior changes and learn to respond more effectively to behaviors. The book includes strategies for the following: challenges with dressing, eating, bathing, toileting, mouth care; agitation, anxiety, anger and aggression; sleep and sundowning; wanting to go home; wandering, walking or pacing; repetitive behaviors; hallucinations, delusions and paranoia; physical intimacy and sexual behavior. There are also sections about communication and problem-solving, a glossary and an extensive list of other resources.


Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics: Emerging Perspectives on Resilience in Adulthood and Later Life, edited by Bert Hayslip Jr. and Gregory C. Smith, Springer Publishing (2012)
Provides a comprehensive examination of critical issues on resilience in a variety of life domains central to the well-being of older persons. It examines the role of resilience in determining adjustment and function in the domains of health, grief and bereavement, physical activity and functioning, spirituality, work, retirement, intellectual/cognitive functioning, coping with life events, care giving, and mental health interventions.

Caregiver Family Therapy: Empowering Families to Meet the Challenges of Aging, Sara Honn Qualls and Ashley A. Williams. American Psychological Association. (2013)
Integrates a family systems approach with clinical tools for helping caregivers and those they are assisting. The caregiver family therapy approach is demonstrated through many cases studies and genograms. It will be valuable to a range of professionals working with family caregivers.

Environmental Gerontology, edited by Miriam Bernard and Graham D. Rowles, Springer Publishing (2013)
Provides the latest research on the meaning of place to older adults and its relationship to well-being. Includes guiding principles for environmental design and practice important to the documented needs of older adults. There is a strong interdisciplinary focus.


Aging and Mental Health, Second Edition, by Daniel L. Segal, Sara Honn Qualls and Michael A. Smyer, Blackwell Publishers, (2011)
This edition begins with basic gerontology for working with older adults. There is a detailed and comprehensive discussion of four models of mental health in later life: the psychodynamic model, cognitive- behavioral model, stress and coping model, and the family systems model. The authors then apply these theoretical perspectives to case material focusing on specific mental disorders and the use of effective assessment and treatment techniques.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Older Adults: Innovations Across Care Settings, by Kristen H., Lauderdale, PhD and Sean Sorocco, PhD, Springer Publishing Company, (2011)
Strategies for integrating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills and therapies into various healthcare settings for aging patients are discussed. Emphasis is on adapting CBT specifically for the aging population and its specific needs. Handouts, note templates, worksheets for practice, supplemental texts, patient resources, and summary charts are provided.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder in the series Advances in Psychotherapy, Evidence Based Practice (Advances in Psychotherapy - Evidence-Based Practice), by Craig Marker and Alison G. Aylward, (2011)
An integrative treatment protocol for GAD which is suitable both for practitioners and for students is provided. The therapeutic approach described integrates techniques from CBT, mindfulness and acceptance-based therapy, as well as motivational interviewing. There is information on assessment and differential diagnosis, etiological models such as cognitive avoidance, positive beliefs about worry, and intolerance of uncertainty, and treatment techniques. Case studies, handouts, questionnaires, and

Integrated Textbook of Geriatric Mental Health, by Donna Cohen, PhD and Carl Eisdorfer, M.D., PhD, John Hopkins University Press, (2011)
The authors provide an extensive overview of the basic concepts of assessment and the advanced principles of intervention in providing mental health care for older adults. Latest research findings, evidenced-based practice standards, resources, and ethical dilemmas are discussed.

Living, Loving, and Loss: the Interplay of Intimacy, Sexuality and Grief, edited by Brad DeFord & Richard B. Gilbert. Baywood Publishing Co. (2013)
Presents a range of topics, including: (1) the meaning of intimacy and the significance of sexuality; (2) death, grief, and differences in sexual orientation, including death and intimacy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and the losses endured by young people due to gender issues; (3) loss of relationship and restoration of intimacy in families, including pharmacological effects on the grief processes of widowers; grieving a not-so-loved parent; the layered losses of infertility and intimacy; and the tolls of war intimacy and sexuality challenges for soldiers and their families; (4) adjusting to life’s losses associated with aging or illness or infirmity, dignity at the end of life; and (5) religious bases that shapes understanding intimacy, sexuality, and healing after loss.

Making Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments Work with Older Adults, edited by Forrest Scogin and Avani Shah, American Psychological Association (2012)
Researchers and clinicians have coauthored each chapter with case examples of older adults with a presenting psychological disorder. Evidenced-based treatment practices are discussed. Tools for assessment and intervention are supplied to make implementation easier in the clinical setting. Literature reviews are presented with practical case examples.

Multicultural Care: A Clinician's Guide to Cultural Competence, by Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD, American Psychological Association, (2011)
Tools for developing a multicultural therapeutic relationship as well as tools for integrating multicultural sensitivity into clinical practice are reviewed. Each chapter discusses the application of cultural competence to a different aspect of clinical practice.

Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling, by Howard Winouker, PhD and Darcy Harris, PhD, Springer Publishing Company (2012)
Grief counseling is presented as distinct from other therapeutic issues. The goal of counseling bereaved individuals is one of facilitating the healthy and adaptive aspects of the grief process. Grief is presented as a response to losses that are both death and non-death related. The text also addresses grief counseling with special populations, ethical issues, and self-care concerns for counselors. Case studies, discussion and reflection questions, and suggested additional resources are included in each chapter.

Psychological Treatment of Older Adults: a Holistic Model, by Lee Hyer, PhD, Springer Publishing (2014) Presents a unique interdisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of psychosocial impairment in older adults. This approach, called "Watch and Wait," is grounded in a "whole person" model of care rather than one that addresses symptoms or syndromes in isolation. This model advocates relationship building, prevention, psychoeducation, multipronged interventions for comorbid problems, and communication. It does so in the context of a multidisciplinary health care team, the patient, and family. This is an excellent mental health and aging resource book.

The Older Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, 2nd Ed., by Arthur E. Jongsma, Deborah W. Frazer and Gregory A. Hinrichsen, John Wiley & Sons (2011)
Provides 30 behaviorally based presenting problems and over 1,000 prewritten treatment goals, objectives and evidence-based treatment interventions. A sample treatment plan is included that meets requirements for most third-party payers and accrediting agencies.

Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery, by A. B. Baranowsky, J. E. Gentry, D. F. Schultz, Hogrefe Publishing, (2011)
Herman’s Triphasic Model: Safety and Stabilization, Remembrance and Mourning, and Reconnection are the framework for presenting techniques, protocols, and interventions in the four categories of cognitive, behavioral, body oriented, and emotional/relational to assist the clinician. There is a section on Integrative & Clinician Self-Care Models for the practitioner working with trauma patients.

Dementia Care

Dementia Care with Black and Latino Families: A Social Work Problem-Solving Approach, by Delia J. Gonzalez Sanders, PhD and Richard Fortinsky, PhD, Springer Publishing Company, (2011)
Assessment guidelines and interventions for assisting ethnic family caregivers are discussed. Family care and role responsibilities are addressed with theoretical, ethnic and cultural foundations. Case studies are provided in each chapter.

Treating Dementia in Context: A Step-By-Step Guide to Working with Individuals and Families, by Susan M. McCurdy, PhD and Claudia Drosse, PhD, American Psychological Society, (2011)
The focus of dementia care is to maintain quality of life for both the diagnosed person and family caregiver requiring an ever-changing combination of problem-solving skills, creativity, flexibility, and acceptance. This book is a guide for clinicians and provides evidence-based treatment approaches and examples of how these approaches can be used in a compassionate and effective way.

Long-Term Care

Implementing Culture Change in Long- Term Care: Benchmarks and Strategies for Management and Practice, Elaine T. Jurkowski, MSW, PhD. Springer Publishing (2013)
Addresses a strategic approach for promoting culture change in long- term care. The book compares and contrasts current long-term care paradigms to see how they facilitate or impede culture change. Tools are provided that will enable readers to learn from their own process via a feedback loop, and includes strategies to facilitate partnerships with family, staff and community.

Sexuality & Long Term Care: Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Older Adults, by Gayle Appel Doll, M.S., PhD, Health Professions Press (2012)
Presents a person-centered approach to resident sexuality in long-term care. Sexual expression is explained as part of personality and why it is important for this reason to honor longings for intimacy. Strategies are provided to teach staff how to effectively and respectfully acknowledge those needs. Case studies illustrate potential issues and assist in helping staff explore their attitudes and biases.

These books may be borrowed from the MHAP library. For more information, contact Matt Beha at or call Matt at 517/483-1529.

Last updated 1/10/2018; contact with any questions.

Mental Health and Aging Project at Lansing Community College

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