Psychologists who work with older adults — known as geropsychologists — assess mental functioning, depression and other problems and provide psychotherapy. They also help design policies and services to enhance the quality of life of older people and their caregivers.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
What You Can Do
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Resources & Publications
The APA Office on Aging has compiled a comprehensive list of brochures, guides, newsletters, fact sheets, policy statements, practice guidelines, reports, journals, books, videos and more.
Apathy in older folks could signal shrinking brain
April 16, 2014, CNN
Young and fit? You'll be old and sharp
April 2, 2014, NBC News
Coping when not entering retirement together
March 21, 2014, The New York Times
A good sex life can help older couples cope with illness and other difficulties
March 3, 2014, The Washington Post
What makes older people happy?
February 11, 2014, The New York Times
Monitor on Psychology Articles
Retiring minds want to know
January 1, 2014
What signals elder abuse and how can it be prevented?
July 1, 2013
December 1, 2012
Preparing for the ‘silver tsunami'
October 1, 2012
The real secrets to a longer life
December 1, 2011
Treating Dementia in Context
Aging and Cognition
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Older Adults
APA Offices and Programs
Office on Aging
The Office on Aging is a coordination point for APA activities pertaining to aging and geropsychology (the field within psychology devoted to older adult issues). The Office on Aging also supports the work of the APA Committee on Aging.
Integrated Health Care for an Aging Population Project
A Presidential Task Force addressed the challenge of how health care can best be planned and delivered for older adults.