Psychology and Ageing Position Paper

This paper aims to increase understanding about the psychological aspects of successful ageing. It addresses issues ranging from the mental health of older Australians and the quality of aged care services, to broader perspectives on life transitions such as retirement and widowhood. Psychologists are challenged to prepare for the needs of an ageing population in ways that empower older adults.

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Contents:

  • Executive Summary
  • Ageism
  • Successful ageing
  • Older people from non-English-speaking backgrounds
  • Promoting health and well-being in old age
  • Life transitions and ageing
  • The scope and implications of cognitive ageing
  • The mental health of older Australians
  • Psychology and psychologists: contributions and challenges
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References
  • Additional reading

Brief on the role of psychologists in aged care services

A brief on psychological services for older people has been developed by several members of the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group, and others who work with older people. Feedback is welcome from those who would like to contribute to the issue of fostering improved services for older people in Australia.

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Please feel free to comment either directly with David Stokes at the APS National Office, on (03) 8662 3300, or email d.stokes@psychology.org.au, or with the Psychology and Ageing Interest Group