Looking into Later Life: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Depression and Dementia in Old Age (Tavistock Clinic Series)
ISBN 10: 036732542X
ISBN 13: 978-0367325428
This book belongs to a long tradition at the Tavistock Clinic of work focused on the mental and emotional well-being of the elderly. It applies psychoanalytic thinking to areas that have generally attracted very little sustained attention over the years.
“Looking Into Later Life offers a sensitive, thoughtful and accessible perspective on the experience of later life based on psychoanalytic concepts. Psychoanalytic ideas are brought to life through discussion, observation, case examples and personal accounts, providing a framework for their application in the care and treatment of older people and in supporting staff working in care settings. This book will be a valuable resource for those of any discipline of professional background working in old age care. It will also be of interest to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts working other people.” (Dr. Linda Clare, Reader in Psychology)
“For far too long, ageing and the issues facing older people in later life were neglected by the psychoanalytic community. This landmark volume represents the culmination of efforts by Rachael Davenhill and her colleagues to put older people centre stage in psychoanalytic thought and practice It is a book full of the creativity, depth and wisdom that one would hope for from this approach. This is one of the few books on ageing to really do justice to the lived experiences of older people, and it will be a real source of inspiration, hope and learning for psychological therapists working with the increasing number of older people and their supporters.” (Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People)
About the Author
Rachael Davenhill is a psychotherapist specializing in the older patient at the Tavistock Clinic.