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
- Protect your brain as you age
Research suggests that life-long learning, exercise and other strategies can help.
- Aging and Depression
The changes of aging can sometimes lead to depression, but there are effective ways to prevent and treat depression later in life.
- Preparing for retirement: More than money in the bank
Financial security is just one part of the equation when planning for a happy and productive retirement.
- Aging: When should I be concerned about a senior’s forgetfulness?
Adults dealing with aging parents face many challenges. Find answers to your frequently asked questions.
- 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.
Depression tied to stroke risk in middle-aged women
May 16, 2013, WebMD
Video game may help keep aging brains sharp
May 1, 2013, WebMD
Diet may help stave off dementia
April 29, 2013, WebMD
Monitor on Psychology Articles
- Treating Dementia in Context
- Aging and Cognition
- Revitalizing Retirement
- 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.