Chapter 2. Ageing and Adaptation

  1. Bob Woods clinical psychologist nursing assistant Chair Co-Director Academic Director Director Professor of Clinical Psychology of Older People3 and
  2. Dr Linda Clare chartered clinical psychologist clinical neuropsychologist Reader in Psychology consultant4
  1. Peter G. Coleman Professor of Psychogerontology1 and
  2. Ann O'Hanlon HARP Co-ordinator2

Published Online: 7 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773185.ch2

Handbook of the Clinical Psychology of Ageing, Second Edition

Handbook of the Clinical Psychology of Ageing, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coleman, P. G. and O'Hanlon, A. (2008) Ageing and Adaptation, in Handbook of the Clinical Psychology of Ageing, Second Edition (eds B. Woods and L. Clare), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470773185.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Dementia Services Development Centre, Wales, Ardudwy, University of Wales, Bangor, Holyhead Road, Bangor LL57 2PX, UK

  2. 4

    School of Psychology, Brigantia Building, University of Wales Bangor, Bangor LL57 2AS, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Psychology, Shackleton Building, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

  2. 2

    (Healthy Ageing Research Programme) Dept of Psychology, Division of Population Health Sciences, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Mercer St. Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 11 JAN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470012307

Online ISBN: 9780470773185



  • adaptation and coping in ageing;
  • selection;
  • optimisation and compensation (SOC);
  • optimization and behavioural plasticity;
  • selective optimization with compensation;
  • institutionalized aged


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Theories of Adaptation to Ageing

  • Psychological Survival in Late Life

  • References