With the world’s population living longer than ever before,
psychologists are facing new challenges and opportunities.
Here’s an overview of the key trends.
BY KEN LAIDLAW, PHD, AND NANCY A. PACHANA, PHD
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CE credits: 1
Exam items: 10
1. Identify how the significant change in demographics
affecting the United States is similarly affecting the world.
2. Discuss the relationship between life satisfaction,
depression and old age.
The news is good: We are all living longer, and in better health, than any other time in history. With the growth in longevity especially affecting the oldest-old section
of society, more than ever before psychologists will come in
contact with older people who need psychological help.
But this good news comes with challenges: The aging trend
will have far-reaching societal consequences. Psychologists are
now more likely to see more complex medical co-morbidities.
They’ll also have to work with more patients who develop
dementia or with those who care for them. Meanwhile, the baby
boomer generation’s sophisticated understanding of health care
may lead its members to expect better access to evidence-based