Emerging Issues in Mental Health and Aging

Edited by Margaret Gatz
Pages: 379
Item #: 4318480
ISBN: 978-1-55798-317-6
List Price: $9.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $9.95
Copyright: 1995
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Between 2010 and 2030, the number of people in the United States who are over age 65 will grow from what is now 1 in 8 to 1 in 5. The mental health needs of these older individuals will grow during this period not simply because of this increase in numbers, but also because the baby boomer generation who will form this cohort has already shown relatively higher rates of mental disorders and are more likely to seek help than previous generations.

This interdisciplinary book lays the groundwork for determining and meeting the mental health needs of this population. It presents a continuum of needs and services from promotion of positive mental health to serious mental illness, delineating crucial practice, research, and policy issues that will need to be addressed and recommending solutions to what may be the most challenging problems in meeting the mental health needs of our older population.

This book will be of interest to researchers and practitioners in psychology, psychiatry, social work, and nursing as well as federal, state and local policy makers who must make decisions now to help set the agenda for mental health and aging in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents


—Arthur S. Flemming

—Margaret Gatz

—Margaret Gatz

  1. Mental Health Policy and Older Americans: Historical and Current Perspectives
    —Anita L. Rosen, Jane Ann Pancake, and Larry Rickards
  2. Efficacy of Clinical Treatment for Mental Disorders Among Older Persons
    —Lon S. Schneider
  3. Strengths and Limitations of Research on Late-Life Psychoses
    —Dilip V. Jeste, David Naimark, Maureen C. Halpain, and Laurie A. Lindamer
  4. Stressors and Adaptation in Late Life
    —Leonard I. Pearlin and Marilyn McKean Skaff
  5. Importance of Self-Perceptions for Health Status Among Older Persons
    —Jana M. Mossey
  6. Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Disorders of the Elderly
    —Michael A. Smyer
  7. Let's Not Wait Till It's Broke: Interventions to Maintain and Enhance Mental Health in Late Life
    —Elinor Waters
  8. Family Involvement in Mental Health Care for Older Adults: From Caregiving to Advocacy and Empowerment
    —Roberta R. Greene
  9. Models for Mental Health Service Delivery to Older Adults
    —Bob G. Knight and Brian Kaskie
  10. Infrastructure Requirements for Research in Late-Life Mental Disorders
    —Ira R. Katz
  11. Education and Training of Mental Health Service Providers
    —Margaret Gatz and Sanford I. Finkel
  12. Mental Health Services for the Elderly: Key Policy Elements
    —Carroll L. Estes


  1. Resolutions of the White House Mini-Conference on Emerging Issues in Mental Health and Aging
  2. Members of the Planning Committee for the White House Mini-Conference
  3. Delegates Attending the White House Mini-Conference
  4. Members of the Coalition on Mental Health and Aging

About the Editor

Editor Bio
Margaret Gatz is Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California. For the past 15 years, she has led the specialization track in aging within the university's clinical psychology training program. Her scholarly and research interests encompass genetic and environmental factors in the etiology and manifestation of dementia, age-related change in depressive symptoms, integration of preventive and life-span development theories, and evaluation of the effects of interventions. Since 1992, she has been Associate Editor of Psychology and Aging, and she was an associate editor for the third and fourth editions of the Handbook of the Psychology of Aging.