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date: 22 September 2019

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This chapter has the objective to introduce key issues concerning clinical geropsychological assessment. First of all, several theoretical concepts about lifespan and development are reviewed and data supporting the importance of assessment for clinical geropsychologists are pointed out. Psychological assessment is conducted through a decision-making process across which instruments and measures are administered for testing hypotheses about the case. Through this assessment process, ethical and methodological recommendations published by national and international organizations have been described and recommended. Specific characteristics for assessing older adults are listed. Finally, thirty instruments and measures classified into seven domains are briefly described.

Keywords: older adults, aging, assessment process, guidelines for the assessment process, instruments for older adults

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