Older Adults

  • Christine Gould
  • Barry A. EdelsteinEmail author
  • Caroline Ciliberti


In 2006 there were 37.3 million older adults (65+) in the USA, which represents an increase of 3.4 million over a period of 10 years (Administration on Aging, 2009). Approximately 12.4% of the population is 65 years of age or older. Older adults are also living longer, with 5.3 million older adults who are 85 years of age and older. Approximately 19% of older adults in 2006 were members of minority groups, with the greatest percentage (8.3%) being African American, followed by persons of Hispanic origin (6.4%) and Asian or Pacific Islanders (3.1%) (Administration on Aging, 2009). Approximately 1.62 million (l.4%) of older adults were living in nursing homes in 2006, with the greatest percentage in the age range of 75-84 years (15.4%; Administration on Aging, 2009).

Approximately 20-25% of older adults have a mental disorder, but less than 25% of those receive mental health attention (Administration on Aging, 2009). This may be due in part to the fact that older adults most likely seek help for mental health problems from primary care physicians, and many primary care physicians have failed to adequately assess for mental health problems (cf., Scogin & Shah, 2006). Such assessment is critical and must be followed by adequate treatment or referral and follow-up.


Anxiety Disorder Mental Health Problem Mild Cognitive Impairment Personality Disorder Suicide Risk 
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  • Christine Gould
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  • Barry A. Edelstein
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  • Caroline Ciliberti
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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