17 Disease, Health, and Aging in the First Decade of the 21st Century

Developmental Psychology


  1. Ilene C. Siegler1,
  2. Hayden B. Bosworth2,3,
  3. Adam Davey4,
  4. Merrill F. Elias5

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop206017

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Siegler, I. C., Bosworth, H. B., Davey, A. and Elias, M. F. 2012. Disease, Health, and Aging in the First Decade of the 21st Century . Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 6:V:17.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Duke University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Durham, North Carolina, USA

  2. 2

    Durham VAMC, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham, North Carolina, USA

  3. 3

    Duke University, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina, USA

  4. 4

    Temple University, Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

  5. 5

    The University of Maine, Department of Psychology and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Orono, Maine, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Most of the ongoing research in developmental heath psychology has been incremental, with the emphasis on qualitative changes most prominent at the start of adulthood. Fears about demographic transitions have increased as Baby Boomers (born 1946–1964) begin to turn 65 in 2011. In this chapter, we review new findings on centenarians, risk and prevention of cognitive decline, and management of multiple chronic disorders in the elderly. Major changes in the next 10 years will not necessarily come from psychology. If there is a treatment for Alzheimer's disease, it will change later life and the health psychology of aging. If not, we will be faced many dependent older persons with needs for long-term care.


  • developmental health psychology;
  • longitudinal studies;
  • aging