Geriatric Psychology: Psychological Functioning of the Elderly

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Geriatric psychology is a field of study that focuses on psychological processes and mental disorders in people of advanced age.

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Geriatric Psychology: Psychological Functioning of the Elderly

  1. 1. www.helpingpsychology.com Geriatric Psychology Psychological Functioning of the Elderly
  2. 2. www.helpingpsychology.com Geriatric psychology is a field of study that focuses on psychological processes and mental disorders in people of advanced age. Geriatric psychologists assist in helping elderly people who are suffering from mental disorders and other disabilities.
  3. 3. www.helpingpsychology.com They act as both counselors and scientists trying to solve the enigma that is the aged brain. This field of psychology is also referred to as the psychology of aging.
  4. 4. www.helpingpsychology.com Geriatric psychologists are mostly interested in researching the brain functions and behavior of people who are 65 and older. Old age is commonly accompanied by a decline in cognitive functioning.
  5. 5. www.helpingpsychology.com Studies show that if elderly people stay active through exercise and mental stimulation it will help decrease cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia are two psychological disorders that primarily develop in people that are older.
  6. 6. www.helpingpsychology.com Cognitive decline in the elderly can lead to depression and anxiety as people try to cope with the changes associated with old age. A support system of friends, family members and caregivers can help with self-esteem and optimism. So can geriatric psychologists by providing therapy and support to elderly patients.
  7. 7. www.helpingpsychology.com The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry is the largest organization of its kind that researches all aspects of this field. The organization publishes a journal called The American Journal of Geriatric Psychology, which updates people with news and recent study findings. The goal of this organization is to eliminate the stigma associated with mental disorders in the elderly.
  8. 8. www.helpingpsychology.com Geriatric psychology is growing in popularity due to the fact that people are increasingly living longer lives. Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Dementia are a common concern and current treatments are being revised and new treatments being developed.
  9. 9. www.helpingpsychology.com Prevention and treatment of mental health disorders in the elderly is common all over the globe. Quality mental health care is being given to elderly people who are concerned with cognitive decline as well as depression and anxiety. Click here for more information if you want to get started with a psychology degree program today and make a difference in the lives of the elderly.
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