I have found that strictly adhering to either  cognitive or insight-oriented approaches to treatment are too limiting. Especially with depression, I have found  concepts from both approaches can be valuable as long as the focus remains on  “the therapeutic alliance”….




A geriatric psychologist specializes in the treatment of the seniors. This treatment can include mental health problems or aid in the understanding and coping with the aging process. In order to become a geriatric psychologist, one must obtain a doctoral degree in psychology and specialize in adult development and aging. Once the degree is obtained, geriatric psychologists will usually work in hospitals, mental health clinics, rehab centers, nursing homes, and research centers. Most geriatric psychologists work in medical facilities, however. Geriatric psychologists spend most of their work day addressing mental health issues in older adults and counseling those that need it. They also aid in the diagnosis of age-related problems. In order to check for mental health issues, geriatric psychologists will conduct clinical interviews, neuropsychological tests and behavioral observations.[1]

Loneliness in elderly people[edit]

It is important to study the phenomenon of loneliness in the aging community, as many older individuals face a variety of problems including physical illness when faced with this common problem. It is important for nurses and other individuals who work in association with the elderly to understand the various theories of loneliness, as they may need to implement these perspectives into enhancing the lives of their patients.[4]


Depression in the elderly community can have severe consequences, which is why it is an important public health problem and research area. Older adults facing this debilitating condition are less likely to endorse affective symptoms and are more likely to instead display cognitive changes, somatic symptoms, and loss of interest than are younger adults. It is comorbid with “morbidity, increased risk of suicide, decreased physical, cognitive and social functioning, and greater self-neglect”, all of which are associated with an increase in mortality.[5]


Dementia is a variety of symptoms that apply to a decline in mental ability, not a specific disease. Geriatric psychologists work with dementia by aiding in the diagnosis of this disease. This is done through various cognitive tests and assessments. They will also look at research and potential treatment for dementia.[6]

Alzheimer’s disease[edit]

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60-80 percent of dementia cases. Similar to dementia, a geriatric psychologist’s role regarding Alzheimer’s disease is the assessment, treatment, and research of the disease.[7]


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