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.
Connecting With Caregivers
Family caregivers experience both stress and disruption of their own well-being and social activities when caring for a loved one. As a caregiver, it is important that you also take the time to consider your own mental health.
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.
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.
Caregiving is hard enough. Isolation can make it unbearable.
August 4, 2017, The New York Times
Many avoid end-of-life care planning
August 2, 2017, NPR
How to build resilience in midlife
July 25, 2017, The New York Times
Extra virgin olive oil staves off memory issues
June 21, 2017, USA TODAY
Even moderate drinking might be bad for aging brains
June 7, 2017, USA TODAY
Going to church might be good for your health
June 3, 2017, Today
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.