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Geriatric Psychology

  1. Peter A. Lichtenberg

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0382

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Lichtenberg, P. A. 2010. Geriatric Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–4.

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  1. Wayne University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Geriatric psychology, the science and practice of psychology with older adults, is a field experiencing significant growth due to the “age tsunami” that the United States and the world are experiencing. While there are 37 million older Americans today, by 2050 there will be 70 million. Like all geriatric professions, geriatric psychology is focused at its core on function, that is, how to maintain and/or enhance function in adults over the age of 65. Function reflects the convergence of medical, neurocognitive, and behavioral/mental health in older adults. This article first reviews the demographic changes that are fueling our nation's extraordinary population growth of older adults and then reviews how three areas of geriatric function affect geriatric psychology.