Special considerations for the neuropsychological interview with older adults

Stephanie Assuras, Bonnie Levin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The clinical interview is an essential part of a neuropsychological evaluation for any age, but particularly among older adults because of the myriad of physical, cognitive, psychological and social changes associated with the normative aging process. This essential data can be used to guide the testing process, assist in formulating a differential diagnosis, and informing recommendations. This chapter provides guidelines for developing an interview designed to provide a level of insight and understanding of a patient's presentation that cannot be obtained from psychometric testing, and is specific to the presenting concerns of older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781461431060
ISBN (Print)9781461431053
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Activities of daily living
  • Cognitive complaints
  • Collateral information
  • Emotional functioning
  • Functional capacity
  • Medical history
  • Neuropsychological interview
  • Social history
  • Somatic/sensory/motor symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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