Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Teaching and Learning About Aging

This bibliography provides references on aging, teaching about aging, organizations related to aging, resources for graduate-level education in gerontology, and online resources for aging education.

Resources About Aging for Educators

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Office of Academic Resources

Academic papers and resources for teaching about aging.

APA Committee on Aging

APA Office on Aging

  • Discover the answers... Be a part of the solution... Geropsychology: It’s YOUR future! (poster)
  • Geropsychology: It’s YOUR future! (Student fact sheet)
  • Psychology and Aging: Addressing mental health needs of older adults (8-page brochure)
  • Life Plan for the Life Span (32-page brochure)

APA Division 20 - Psychology of Adult Development and Aging

Scroll down to “Educator Resources” to find:

  • Course syllabi: sections include undergraduate courses, graduate courses
  • Undergraduate textbooks: sections include introductory (psychology focus, sociology focus, advanced), cognition, diversity, family gerontology, friendship and social networks, gender, mental health, research methods, social psychology, exercise/workbooks/trade books/clinical guides
  • Educational videos: sections include general aging, biology, caregiving/care options, cultural diversity, death and dying, elder abuse, health/mental health/medical issues, intergenerational issues, work/retirement, Alzheimer’s disease/Parkinson’s disease, video respite for persons with dementia
  • Cinema of aging: annotated listing of many classic and contemporary films

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

Annotated, illustrated list of many books for children and youth

Describes more than 750 gerontology programs (credit and postdoctoral) at institutions of higher education in the United States and select foreign countries.

Offers collections of syllabi for courses in aging.

Materials suitable for vocational and career counseling are available. Many resources on career opportunities, selecting educational programs, locating jobs, etc.

Developed to assist community and four-year colleges and universities in developing new gerontology instruction and in expanding or evaluating existing gerontology programs. The consultation program links an institution with a consultant who will objectively evaluate the proposed or existing program, pinpoint problems, and help identify solutions. The consultant can also provide unbiased verification of the need for change in gerontology instruction and justification for institutional proposals for modifying current offerings in aging

Video tapes and other materials illustrating the work done on the Intergenerational Service-Learning in Gerontology project.

The information in the articles is easy to read and can be used for a wide variety of courses from introductory gerontology to graduate school policy courses. The articles in this publication are relevant to Public Policy and Aging and Social Policy and Aging courses. Figures from articles are stored on an accompanying CD-Rom.

Ault, R. L. (Ed.). (1999). Faculty forum special section: Adult development and aging. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 48–57.

Includes 5 articles that provide practical information and instructor and student resources:

  • Whitbourne, S. K. (1999). Employing interactive learning methods in a course on the psychology of aging. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 48–49.
  • Blieszner, R. (1999). Strategies and resources for teaching family gerontology. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 50–51.
  • Cavanaugh, J. C. (1999). Integrating the humanities into a liberal arts course on adult development and aging. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 51–52.
  • McGuire, L. C., & Zwahr, M. D. (1999). Tying it together: Two comprehensive projects for adult development and aging courses. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 53–55.
  • Fingerman, K. L., & Bertrand, R. (1999). Approaches to teaching adult development and aging within a life span development course. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 55–57.

Blieszner, R., & Artale, L. (2001). Benefits of intergenerational service-learning to human services majors. Educational Gerontology, 27, 71–87.

Examined the effects of service-learning on personal and social values and civic attitudes about volunteerism in undergraduate gerontology students. Students reported that service-learning improved understanding of course concepts, dispelled myths about aging, and reinforced career choices. The primary disadvantage cited by students was the time commitment involved in participating in service-learning. Students believed they learned more in a course based on service-learning than in a traditional lecture-based course.

Cavanaugh, J. C., & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2010). Adult development and aging. Florence, KY: Wadsworth.

This textbook includes current research and theory in the field of adult development and aging. The authors link theory to application with a focus on “positive aging.”

Damron-Rodriguez, J. (2008). Innovations in student-centered interdisciplinary teaching for general education in aging. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 29, 270-289.

Employed an active and cooperative student-centered teaching method to an aging course entitled, “Frontiers in Human Aging: Biomedical, Social and Policy Perspectives.”

Donorfio, L. M., & Healy, C. (2008). Teachingan interactive television course on adulthood and aging: Making it happen. Educational Gerontology, 34, 531-549.

Describes the process of transforming a traditional course on adulthood and aging to an interactive television course an discusses the development of the course, design of a teaching platform, unexpected challenges and benefits, and changes implemented.

Dorfman, L. T., Murty, S. A., Ingram, J. G., & Li, Han. (2008). Faculty and community partners in gerontological curriculum enrichment. Educational Gerontology, 34, 1087-1104.

This article compared outcomes for faculty and the community in a gerontology enrichment program. Implications for the field of aging are discussed.

Fried, S. B., & Mehrotra, C. M. (1998). Aging and diversity: An active learning experience. Washington, DC: Taylor and Francis.

Textbook that includes classroom exercises and activities to promote learning about the diversity of aging experience. Topics include introductory overview, psychology of aging, health and sexuality, caregiving, work and retirement, religion and spirituality, and death/dying/and grieving.

Fried, S., Van Booven, D., & MacQuarrie, C. (1993). Older adulthood: Learning activities for understanding aging. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press.

Student workbook with classroom exercises and activities covering perceptions of aging, stereotyping and ageism, physical aging, psychological aging, sexuality, family issues, maximizing late-life choices, relocation to long-term care facilities, death and dying, and professional caregivers.

Generations -- Journal of the American Society on Aging. 3 issues/year, thematic issues, short overview articles suitable for educators and students.

Gerontology & Geriatrics Education -- Official journal of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. 8 issues/year, published by The Haworth Press, Inc.

Gross, P. E., & Eshbaugh, E. M. (2011). Tuning them in versus turning them on: How do we interest students in working with older adults? Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 32(2), 122-134. doi:10.1080/02701960.2011.572037

Results of a survey of undergraduates suggest that a lack of awareness, rather than a lack of interest, may be responsible for the low numbers of college students entering the field of gerontology.

Herdt, G., & de Vries, B. (Eds.). (2004). Gay and lesbian aging: Research and future directions. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

The 10 chapters in this book cover a range of topics, including health, psychological well-being, relationships, and loneliness among older gay and lesbian persons, as well as research issues in the study of this population of elders. A chapter on older gay men in Norway brings a cross-national perspective to the book.

Heyman, J. C., Gutheil, I. A., White-Ryan, L., Phipps, C., et al. (2008). Aging in the undergraduate curriculum: Faculty perspectives. Educational Gerontology, 34, 372-384.

Examined the extent of faculty interest in aging topics and the amount of aging content taught. Faculty discussed what might stimulate the inclusion of aging content.

Hinrichsen, G. A. (2006). Why multicultural issues matter for practitioners working with older adults. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37(1), 29–35.

This article discusses issues for aging individuals from ethnic minority groups along with clinical examples and illustrations of issues faced in cross cultural encounters including those with service providers.

Jarrott, S. E., & Blieszner, R. (2001). Creating families in the classroom: An active learning approach. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 22, 15–27.

Provides information on small-group activities for learning about aging. The exercises engage students in active learning and give them insight and appreciation for "real life" issues that relate course material to family and professional situations.

Kimmel, D., Rose, T., & David, S. (Eds). (2006). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aging: Research and clinical perspectives. New York: Columbia University Press.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging brings together cutting-edge research, practical information, and innovative thinking regarding the characteristics and processes of aging among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Written by experts in the field, the book covers a range of subjects and provides a comprehensive knowledge base for practitioners, students, and researchers.

Mehrotra, C. M., & Wagner, L. S. (2008). Aging and diversity: An active learning experience. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis.

This textbook includes classroom exercises and activities to promote learning about the diversity of aging experiences. Intersectionality based on gender, race/ ethnicity, religious affiliation, social class, rural-urban community location, and sexual orientation are discussed.

Nelson, T. D. (2005). Ageism [Special issue]. The Journal of Social Issues, 61(2).

Provides an overview of recent social psychological research on prejudice against older adults. Sections include the Foundations of Ageism, Experiencing Ageism, and Theoretical Perspectives on Ageism

Remnet, V. L. (1989). Understanding older adults: An experiential approach to learning. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

This workbook contains classroom exercises related to perceptions of aging, physical aging, environmental changes, and psychosocial considerations.

Rimkus, A., & Melinchok, M. D. (Eds.). (2005). Thesaurus of aging terminology (8th ed.). Washington, DC: AARP AgeLine Database.

Provides the vocabulary of subject terms used to index journal articles, books, book chapters, videos, and dissertations cited in the AgeLine Database, an online bibliographic database produced by AARP and available at

Trimble, J. E., Stevenson, M. R., & Worell, J. P. (2004). Toward an inclusive psychology: Infusing the introductory psychology textbook with diversity content. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Guidelines written for teachers, textbook authors, and publishers about incorporating multicultural diversity into psychology teaching and research. Includes suggestions for aging, culture/ethnicity/race, disability, gender, and sexual orientation when teaching about 20 different psychology topics.

Vacha-Haase, T., Hill, R. D., & Bermingham, D. W. (2012).Aging theory and research.  In N. A. Fouad, J. A. Carter, & L.M.  Subich (Eds.), APA handbook of counseling psychology, Vol. 1: Theories, research, and methods (pp. 491-505).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/13754-018

With an emphasis on multiculturalism, this chapter reviews theories of aging including Erikson’s  psychosocial model of development, continuity theory, selective optimization with compensation (SOC), and positive aging.

Whitbourne, S. K., & Cavanaugh, J. C. (Eds). (2003). Integrating aging topics into psychology: A practical guide for teaching undergraduates. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

This edited volume includes chapters on integrating issues of aging into such courses as introductory psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, methods, cognitive psychology, personality, social psychology, and others.

Whitbourne, S. K., & Cavanaugh, J. C. (Eds.). (2003). Integrating aging topics into psychology: A practical guide for teaching undergraduates. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Includes 15 chapters with background information on aging and guidelines for content and teaching methods, class exercises, supplementary resources, and an annotated bibliography. Content covers an overview of issues related to incorporating aging into psychology courses and specific suggestions for courses on: neuropsychology, experimental psychology and statistics, sensation and perception, personality, social psychology, health psychology, abnormal psychology, gender, life span development, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology of death and dying, and personal relationships.

Wlodkowski, R. J. (2008). Enhancing adult motivation to learn: A comprehensive guide for teaching all adults. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass.

Addresses topics of motivation and learning from a neuroscience perspective. This book presents 60 practical, research-based strategies designed to elicit and encourage learner motivation.

Wray, S. (2007). Women making sense of midlife: Ethnic and cultural diversity. Journal of Aging Studies, 21, 31-42.

This article explores the impact of aging appearance on the formation of identity and self during midlife in regard to ethnic and cultural diversity in women. It addresses the lack of research pertaining to the experiences of women in midlife beyond a Western viewpoint, and instead offers a broader perspective. 

Zucchero, R. A. (2011). A co-mentoring project: An intergenerational service-learning experience. Educational Gerontology, 37(8), 687-702. doi:10.1080/03601271003723487

This article describes a co-mentoring project, an intergenerational service-learning program that links older adult volunteers and students enrolled in an undergraduate lifespan developmental psychology course.

Resources for Graduate Education in Gerontology

American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Section 2.17, (p. 69) offers guidelines on avoiding age bias in writing.

American Psychological Association. (2008). Guidelines for psychological practice with older adults. Ethical conflicts in psychology (4th ed.), 368–369. Washington, DC: Author.

Provides information about clinical practice with older adults.

Bengston, V. L., Gans, D., Putney, N., & Silverstein, M. (2008). Handbook of Theories of Aging. New York: Springer.

This handbook outlines strategies for integrating current theories of aging. Chapters include: Dynamic Integration Theory, Cognitive Control Theory of Aging and Emotional Well-Being, Feminist Gerontology Theory, Sexuality and beyond, and From Industrialism to Institutionalism.

Berger, E. D. (2009). Managing age discrimination: An examination of the techniques used when seeking employment. The Gerontologist, 49(3), 317-332. doi:10.1093/geront/gnp031

This article draws from interview data to identify the "counteractions" and "concealments" used by older adults to manage perceived age discrimination in their search for employment.

Blank, T., Asencio, M., Descartes, L., & Griggs, J. (2009). Aging, health, and GLBTQ family and community life. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 5, 9-34.

This article describes issues faced by older adults in the GLBT community, including such topics as social support, health, and health care systems.

Blieszner, R., & Bedford, V. H. (Eds.). (1995). Handbook of aging and the family. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. [Republished (1996), Aging and the family: Theory and research. Westport, CT: Praeger. ]

Contains 23 review chapters by experts in family and aging. Topics cover conceptual, historical, and demographic background on family issues; theory and research methods; feminist, rural, and multi-cultural matters; specific relationships such as marital and marital-like, siblings, parent–child, and grandparent–grandchild; policy and legal issues; illness and retirement; widowhood and bereavement; and interventions with elders and their families.

Brennan, M., Karpiak, S. E., Shippy, A., & Cantor, M. (2010). Older adults with HIV: An in-depth examination of an emerging population. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

This book discusses medical, social, and psychological aspects of  HIV as a chronic manageable disease. Overviews current research on older adults with HIV, conducted by the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA).

Brown, C. A., Kother, D. J., & Wielandt, T. M. (2011). A critical review of interventions addressing ageist attitudes in healthcare professional education. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy/ Revue Canadienne DErgothérapie, 78(5), 282-293.

This literature review addresses the prevalence of negative beliefs about older persons among health care providers, the ways that these beliefs negatively affect healthcare service provision, and the usefulness of educational interventions in health care curricula to reduce ageism.

Calasanti, T. M., & Slevin, K. F., (2001). Gender, social inequalities, and aging. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Written by sociologists, this book takes a feminist perspective on old age as a political location. It focuses on gender, aging, and social power, placing old persons within the intersections of other stratifying social identities. The authors also present a major critical analysis of ageism.

Chasteen, A. L., Kang, S. K., & Remedios, J. D. (2012). Aging and stereotype threat: Development, Process, and Interventions.  In M. Inzlicht & T. Schmader (Eds.), Stereotype threat: Theory, process, and application (pp. 202-216). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

This article discusses stereotype threat in older adults, including  the conditions that likely result in and mediate stereotype threat,  as well as interventions that may combat the negative effects of aging stereotypes.  

Committee on Aging, American Psychological Association (2000). Aging and human sexuality resource guide.

This Web site contains empirical evidence on aging and sexuality, summary chapters, case presentations, and resources to use for education in teaching settings or with clients. It includes listings of journal articles, books, films and videos, health information, and professional organizations.

Committee on Aging, American Psychological Association (2001). Older adults and insomnia resource guide.

This Web site includes research-based information on insomnia among older adults. It includes listings of journal articles, books, health information, and professional organizations.

Committee on Aging, American Psychological Association (2002). Depression and suicide in older adults.

This Web site provides research-based information about causes of and treatments for depression among older adults and information about suicide in this age group. It includes research-based listings of journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, and resources for older adults and their families.

Committee on Aging, American Psychological Association (2003). Psychotherapy and older adults.

This Web site provides information on assessment of psychological disorders among older adults and appropriate treatments. It includes research-based listings of journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, and resources for older adults and their families.

Committee on Aging, American Psychological Association (2006). Psychological services for long term care resource guide.

This Web site addresses professional practice with older adults living in nursing homes and other long term care settings. It includes listings of journal articles, books and book chapters, and resources for older adults and their families.

Cruikshank, M. (2009). Learning to be old: Gender, culture, and aging. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Examines the social construction of aging from a feminist viewpoint. It features new research and analysis, expanded sections on GLBT aging and critical gerontology, and an updated chapter on feminist gerontology.

de Magalhães, J. P. (2011). The biology of ageing: A primer.  In I. Stuart-Hamilton (Ed.), An introduction to gerontology  (pp. 21-47). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, New York, NY.

This chapter provides an introduction to key biological concepts of aging.  Evolutionary models and sources of variation in aging are discussed.

Dixon, R. A., Small, B. J., MacDonald, S. W. S., & McArdle, J. J. (2012). Yes, memory declines with aging—but when, how, and why? In M. Naveh-Benjamin & N. Ohta (Eds.), Memory and aging: Current issues and future directions (pp. 325-347). New York, NY, US: Psychology Press, New York, NY.

This chapter integrates information on new methods and approaches to research on memory and aging.  Assuming that declarative memory declines with age, the authors investigate when, how, and why memory changes with aging.  The authors discuss their own longitudinal study and other current research findings. 

Dotterer, A. M., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2011). Support to aging parents and grown children in Black and White families. The Gerontologist, 51(4), 441-452. doi:10.1093/geront/gnq114

This study investigated racial differences in support to family generations.   Middle-aged adults rated social support they provided to aging parents and to grown children. Results indicated that Black middle-aged adults provided more support to parents than White middle-aged adults, whereas White middle-aged adults provided more support to grown children than Black middle-aged adults.

Ewen, H. H., Rowles, G. D., & Watkins, J. F. (2012). Professional and personal development in contemporary gerontology doctoral education. Educational Gerontology, 38(1), 42-55. doi:10.1080/03601277.2010.500578

This article reports on the Gerontology Doctoral Student Assessment Model (GDSAM), which focuses on longitudinal tracking of  intellectual, professional, and personal progress, and its application to a doctoral program in gerontology.

Ferrer, E., & Ghisletta, P. (2011). Methodological and analytical issues in the psychology of aging.  In K. W. Schaie, & S. L.  Willis  (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of aging (7th ed.; pp. 25-39), San Diego, CA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-380882-0.00002-4

This chapter reviews key methodological and analytical issues and challenges in aging research, including those involved in the use of longitudinal designs.   

Fiske, S. T. (2012). Managing ambivalent prejudices: Smart-but-cold and warm-but-dumb stereotypes. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 639(1), 33-48. doi:10.1177/0002716211418444

Discusses the ambivalent forms of prejudice produced by crossing the competence and warmth dimensions, including those which characterize attitudes toward older individuals (warm but incompetent).

Haber, D. (2009). Gay aging. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 30, 267-280.

This article provides an overview of research on issues of aging in the LGBT population. Describes two community programs: Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders (SAGE) and the American Society on Aging’s LGBT Aging Network (LAIN).

Helmes, E. (2012). Attitudes toward older workers among undergraduates: Does status make a difference? Educational Gerontology, 38(6), 391-399. doi:10.1080/03601277.2011.559848

This study considered the possibility of subtypes in perceptions of older adults and evaluated whether attitudes among undergraduates towards older professionals were more positive than those toward older adults in general. The results suggested negative attitudes among undergraduates toward older workers and adults in general may not hold when applied to those with professional status. 

Hill, R. D. (2011). A positive aging framework for guiding geropsychology interventions. Behavior Therapy, 42(1), 66-77. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2010.04.006

This article describes and promotes an approach to well-being in older adults which involves the use of positive aging strategies in combination with behavioral intervention.

Icon Group International. (2009). Aging: Webster’s timeline history, 2001. Icon Group International.

This book contains Webster’s timeline of events associated with Aging. It has a comprehensive set of entries for a bibliographic and/or event-based timeline on the term Aging.

Lapierre, S., Erlangsen, A., Waern, M., De Leo, D., Oyama, H., Scocco, P., . . . Quinnett, P. (2011). A systematic review of elderly suicide prevention programs. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 32(2), 88-98. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000076

In response to the paucity of research on suicide prevention in old age, the authors conducted a systematic review of the literature on interventions targeting suicidal elderly persons and identified successful strategies. 

Johnson, M. L. (Ed.). (2005). The Cambridge handbook of age and ageing. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Comprehensive (72 chapters) edited volume covering many topics in aging, including international/global perspectives, cross-cultural understandings of physical health and cross-cultural images of aging, elder abuse, ageism, gay and lesbian elders, and policy issues.

Karel, M. J., Gatz, M., & Smyer, M. A. (2012). Aging and mental health in the decade ahead: What psychologists need to know. American Psychologist, 67(3), 184-198. doi:10.1037/a0025393

This article discusses the increasing need for geropsychology competencies among mental health professionals, as they provide primary care, dementia and family caregiving services, decision-making-capacity evaluation, and end-of-life care.  The authors conclude that aging should be integrated into psychology education across levels of training.

Kryspin-Exner, I., Lamplmayr, E., & Felnhofer, A. (2011). Geropsychology: The gender gap in human aging — a mini review. Gerontology, 57(6), 539-548. doi:10.1159/000323154

Reviews research on the physiological and psychological differences between aging men and women, including gender discrepancies in psychopathology .

Lassonde, K. A., Surla, C., Buchanan, J. A., & OBrien, E. J. (2012). Using the contradiction paradigm to assess ageism. Journal of Aging Studies, 26(2), 174-181. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.002

This article describes the use of the contradiction paradigm, an implicit measure, to assess age-related stereotypes in passages describing older adults.

LeBlanc, L. A., Raetz, P. B., & Feliciano, L. (2011). Behavioral gerontology.  In W. W. Fisher, C. C. Piazza, & H. S. Roane (Eds.), Handbook of applied behavior analysis (pp. 472-486) . New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Reviews the literature on the use of behavior analysis and therapy to increase the well-being of older adults.  The authors suggest that advantages of this approach include avoidance of ageism, focus on environmental factors that promote or suppress behavior, belief in the potential reversibility of decline, and cost-effectiveness and consistency in treatment approach. Basic research, clinical application, and organizational application are addressed. 

Lin, X., Bryant, C., & Boldero, J. (2011). Measures for assessing student attitudes toward older people. Educational Gerontology, 37(1), 12-26. doi:10.1080/03601270903534796

This article describes  the use of implicit and explicit measures used to assess students’ attitudes toward older adults. 

Marin, M. R., & Huber, C. H. (2011). Mexican American elderly: Self-reported anxiety and the mediating influence of family protective factors. The Family Journal, 19(1), 63-72.

This study investigated the relationship between life satisfaction and protective factors that contribute to family resilience for Mexican American elderly who self-report anxiety. A significant positive relationship was found between perceptions of the protective factors la sabiduría and pariente and life satisfaction.

ODonoghue, M. (2011). Depression and ageing: Assessment and intervention.  In P. Ryan, P. Ryan, & B. J. Coughlan (Eds.), Ageing and older adult mental health: Issues and implications for practice (pp. 127-142).  New York, NY: Routledge.

Discusses the prevalence, manifestations, assessment, and treatment of depression in older adults.

Palmore, E., Kunkel, S., & Whittington, F. (2009). The international handbook on aging. Abingdon, UK: Praeger.

Leading experts in the field of aging discuss psychological issues such as depression among older adults and social issues such as how individuals and public policies will deal with the changing shape of the family.

Qualls, S. H., & Zarit, S. H. (2009). Aging families and caregiving. Somerset, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

This guide addresses the complex issues that arise in working with family caregivers including integration of families into long-term care mental health services and clinical services for families taking care of an older person. Includes clinical illustrations, guidance, and tips for practice.

Schaie, K. W. (1993). Ageist language in psychological research. American Psychologist, 48, 49–51.

Brief guide to avoiding ageist language in professional writing.

Sorrell, J. M., & Durham, S. (2011). Meeting the mental health needs of the aging veteran population: A challenge for the 21st century. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 49(1), 22-25. doi:10.3928/02793695-20101207-01

This article describes the increasing need for mental health services for aging veterans, particularly those who have been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and/or cognitive deficits.

Sterns, H. L., & Bernard, M. (2008).  Annual review of gerontology and geriatrics, Vol.28. Gerontological and geriatric education. New York, NY: Springer.

This volume discusses the history of gerontology and geriatric medicine, educational issues with older adults, and recommendations for curriculum design for aging related courses. Prominent figures in the field of aging serve as authors of this valuable text for educators and students.

Torres, S. (2011). Cross-cultural differences in ageing. In Stuart-Hamilton I. (Ed.), An introduction to gerontology (pp. 340-362) .  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

This chapter provides an introduction to cross-cultural differences in aging and discusses challenges in conducting research on aging and culture.

Walsh, C. A., Olson, J. L., Ploeg, J., Lohfeld, L., & MacMillan, H. L. (2011). Elder abuse and oppression: Voices of marginalized elders. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 23(1), 17-42. doi:10.1080/08946566.2011.534705

This article describes findings from focus group discussions on elder abuse held by marginalized older adults.  The authors conclude that susceptibility to elder abuse increases as a consequence of ageism, sexism, disability, racism, heterosexism, classism, and various intersecting types of oppression.

Whitfield, K. E., Thorpe, R., & Szanton, S. (2011). Health disparities, social class, and aging. In K. W. Schaie, & S. L.  Willis  (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of aging (7th ed.; pp. 207-218), San Diego, CA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-380882-0.00002-4

This chapter reviews the literature on health disparities, social class, and aging, drawing from a variety of perspectives, including medical, biomedical, sociology, public health, and humanities.

Wlodkowski, R. J. (2008). Enhancing adult motivation to learn: A comprehensive guide for teaching all adults. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass.

Addresses topics of motivation and learning from a neuroscience perspective. This book presents 60 practical, research-based strategies designed to elicit and encourage learner motivation.

Handbooks of Aging

These handbooks contain cutting-edge review chapters on the most important topics in gerontology. Suitable for background reading for graduate students and researchers.

  • Binstock, R. H., & George, L. K. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of aging and the social sciences (7th ed.). London: Elsevier Academic Press.
  • Lachman, M. E. (Ed.). (2001). Handbook of midlife development. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Contains 16 review chapters addressing middle age, including cross-cultural perspectives.
  • Masoro, E. J., & Austed, S. N. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of the biology of aging (7th ed.). London: Elsevier Academic Press.
  • Schaie, K. W., & Willis, S. L. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of the psychology of aging (7th ed.). London: Elsevier Academic Press.

Online Resources in Gerontology

AgeLine Database

Abstracts of social gerontology and aging-related articles, books, and reports.

American Society on Aging Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network

Centers on the Demography of Minority Aging

Government Resources on Aging

National Institute on Aging Centers on the Demography of Aging

National Institute on Aging Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research

Research Methods

Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research, Measurement and Methods Core (annotated bibliography):
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