Year: 1998 Source: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, v.29, no.5, (October 1998), p.413-427 SIEC No: 19990066

This article discusses older adults in the US & facts that practitioners should know about them. Demographic information, commonly held myths, social & physical realities, psychological problems, assessment and appropriate psychological intervention for older Amercans are the topics in this article. The highest suicide rate is found in Caucasian men aged 65-86. Current mental status, cognitive ability, social supports & medical status should be checked in older people when assessed.