Working with Toxic Older Adults

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Working with Toxic Older Adults

SKU# 9780826102751

A Guide to Coping With Difficult Elders

Author: Gloria Davenport PhD


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Experienced caregivers will immediately recognize Gloria Davenport's descriptions of the "toxic" personality: elders who persistently poison their own care environment with noncompliant and psychologically abusive behavior. Toxic older adults are often hazardous cases for gerontology professionals: they can destroy care relationships, and even produce co-victimization in their caregivers.

Davenport presents ways that care providers can prevent difficult elders from manipulating the caregivers' energy and interfering with effective practice, relationships, and healing.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 03, 2006
  • Page Count 312
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102751
  • EISBN 9780826117236

Table of Contents 

    Foreword, Peggy Weatherspoon
    List of Figures and Tables
    Part I: What Do You Mean, Toxic?
  1. Introduction, Definitions, Descriptions
  2. Why the Focus on Toxic Agers?
  3. How Do We Know They Are Toxic?
  4. Are Toxic Agers Found in All Groups?

  5. Part II: Who is Affected by Toxic Agers, and How?
  6. Impact on Professionals
  7. Potential Co-Victims?

  8. Part III: What Causes Toxicity?
  9. Can Theoretical Research Explain Toxicity?
  10. Is Nature the Cause of Toxicity?
  11. Is Nurture the Cause of Toxicity?
  12. Is it Nature and Nurture?

  13. Part IV: Can We Intervene and Cope? Uncover Negative Beliefs?
  14. Professional Tips
  15. Strategies and Techniques

  16. Part V: Is Toxicity Preventable? Is Healing Possible?
  17. Self-Help and Prevention
  18. The Path to Healing

  19. Afterword