The 3D’s: Assessment of and Interviewing Strategies with Older Victims of Abuse Presenting with Dementia, Delirium, or Depression.

Three disorders common to older adults and with overlapping symptoms, origins and consequences are referred to as the “3 D’s”: Depression, Dementia and Delirium. Overlapping symptoms can include confusion, apathy, anhedonia, emotional liability, irritability, poor concentration, memory problems, and eating/appetite change. Critical to effective intervention is accurate assessment and understanding of the 3D’s, particularly in the older victim who presents with medical comorbidities, psychological distress, malnutrition, medication mismanagement, and cognitive impairment. Participants attending this training will be able to define the 3D’s, understand distinct etiologies and behavioral presentations, and learn effective communication strategies necessary to garner the necessary information from an older victim.


CCERAP_Gibson_The_Three_Ds (PDF document)


Sheri Gibson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Geropsychology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2013 after completing her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the V A in Palo Alto Healthcare System in California. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Geropsychology which includes providing psychotherapy and cognitive assessment services to older adults accessing services in multiple community mental health and primary care settings. Dr. Gibson has published works on issues pertaining to elder financial abuse with a primary focus on psychology and the law, understanding reporting behaviors of older adults, and developing a theoretical model for family intervention in cases of financial abuse. She is the 2012 recipient of the American Psychological Society’s Clinical Geropsychology Graduate Student Research Award.
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