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

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  • Psychology and Aging

    Addressing mental health needs of older adults, the interface between physical and mental health care, and policy recommendations to improve mental health care for older Americans.


Related APA Publications

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

    A Presidential Task Force addressed the challenge of how health care can best be planned and delivered for older adults.