Optimizing adult development: Ends and means of an applied psychology of aging

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Based on the present knowledge about changing person-environment relationships in the age span from 20 to 65 yrs, it is argued that interventions during young and middle adulthood for an optimum old age are both possible and desirable. It is suggested that an applied psychology of aging should include environmental interventions based on human-factors engineering and individual interventions based on counseling, supportive psychotherapy, and cognitive skill training. Interventions for age-related perceptual and cognitive deficits (including vision, memory, and learning) are posited, and possibilities for maximizing one's range of choices in work, health, and leisure are suggested. (70 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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