If you are looking for the difference between these three terms. They
can be described as follows. The psychology of the aged is the
study of the social and psychological issues of elderly people. The
psychology of ageing is the study of the social and psychological
processes involved in the process of getting older, and The
psychology of age is the study of the social and psychological
issues of concern to any individual in regards his or her age. It
will usually be referring to old age, but doesnt have to be old age
If you are interested specifically in the psychology of the elderly
and the study of the process of aging it focuses on the biological,
social and psychological issues that are all a part of the normal
ageing process in humans. Some of these are due to physical changes,
some are due to life transitions and changing family structures. But,
they are all associated with the life experiences of the elderly.
Many of the questions asked in these type of studies address the
healthy & normal changes involved in aging. What are the cognitive
changes in healthy ageing? What is normal aging and what is
pathological dementia? Do elderly individuals with dementia show the
same kinds of slowing as normal ageing adults, jut to a greater
extent? What drives dementia? Are there early diagnosis of dementia
syndromes? What are some of the neuropsychological aspects of ageing?
And what anxieties occur in later life. What happens to the
personality with age? It also studies the challenging behaviors in
Some of these studies are concerned with merely describing the
process. Some are interested in explaining the process. And, some
are interested in helping to ease the process for the individuals
experiencing them. This would include both the elderly themselves
and their caretakers.
Below are some useful links that I found.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGEING.
This is actually a slide show/lecture presentation from a psychology
of ageing class. http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/sciences/psychology/coursematerials/neuropsych/psychage/
Psychology and Ageing
Queensland Psychology of Aging Interest Group
This is a list of individuals Psychologists who are involved in a
Psychology of Aging Interest Group.
Department of Psychology Research
Psychology of Ageing reading list
Psychology of ageing
psychology of the aged
psychology of age
I hope this helps.
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