• Barry A. Edelstein
  • Lynn E. Northrop
  • Lisa M. MacDonald

The assessment of older adults in long-term care is always challenging, often perplexing, and occasionally frustrating. Physical and mental health problems, and the positive and adverse effects of multiple medications, are often the principal sources of assessment complexity. The clinician must also consider these factors in the context of age-related changes in biological, psychological, and adaptive functioning. Finally, the client who is to be assessed is not always available or cooperative, and may require multiple assessment sessions because of factors including mood, illness, pain, and fatigue.

Responsible Assessment of Older Adults

Use Psychometrically Sound Assessment Instruments. A wide range of assessment instruments have been used to assess psychopathology in older adults, but several lack psychometric support for use with older adults in general, and long-term care residents in particular. Two of the more important forms of validity for this population are content and...


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Web sites useful to geriatric and geropsychological assessment

  1.– Geriatric Depression Scale, multiple languages
  2.– Psychometric data, descriptions, and articles on assessment measures

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  • Barry A. Edelstein
  • Lynn E. Northrop
  • Lisa M. MacDonald

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