Vicki L. Schmall

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Dementia is considered the “major psychiatric disorder of old age” and affects over 4 million people in the United States. As Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress, the patient can become increasingly dependent on the family for care. This dependency can place the caregiver in a role that is both difficult and demanding. In this study coping(More)
This article describes a series of three community educational programs—The Second Story, The Final Course, andWinter Comforts—designed to increase knowledge about and skills for responding to three common mental health concerns in later life: loss and grief, depression and suicide, and alcohol abuse. It also presents findings from an evaluation of the(More)
Families who face the necessity of caring for an elderly family member need information and education. In particular, case managers and other professionals can provide information in seven key areas: the care receiver's medical condition; coping skills; family disruption, anger, and other relationship issues; communication; community services; emotions,(More)
The sexual knowledge and attitudes of adults age 65 and over has been a neglected area of research, due in part to the widespread belief that older people are neither sexually active nor interested in sexual expression. The purposes of this study were to: 1) develop an instrument to measure the sexual knowledge and attitudes of older adults, 2) collect(More)
This paper describes the development and evaluation of a 3-hour multimedia community education program on depression and suicide in later life. Designed for families, older adults, and service providers, the program provides information and teaches skills needed to recognize and respond to depression and suicidal behavior in the elderly. Compared with a(More)
Described is the development and evaluation of a three hour multimedia community education program on alcohol problems in later life. Designed for families, older adults and service providers, the program provides information and skills needed to recognize and to take appropriate action with regard to alcohol abuse among the elderly. Compared to a control(More)
Based on their experience as designers and/or users of games as a learner-centered strategy in gerontology, geriatric, and aging-related courses and training programs, the authors note multiple advantages of using games as a learning tool, list six relevant games (including order information), and suggest a variety of ways games can be used. They offer(More)