The period of later adulthood defined here as ages 60 through 75 years is characterized by physical psychological and social changes including both gains and losses we will examine the multifaceted aspects of successful versus usual versus pathological aging in examining the changes that occur in later life researchers often distinguish between primary aging and . As an individual ages into late adulthood psychological and cognitive changes can sometimes occur a general decline in memory is very common due to the decrease in speed of encoding storage and retrieval of information this can cause problems with short term memory retention and with the ability to learn new information. Late adulthood old age is generally considered to begin at about age 65 erik erikson suggests that at this time it is important to find meaning and satisfaction in life rather than to become bitter and disillusioned that is to resolve the conflict of integrity vs despairit has been estimated that by the year 2030 americans over 65 will make up 20 of the population. Edited by a well known expert in aging and with contributions from leading clinical researchers psychopathology in later adulthood addresses the assessment diagnosis and treatment issues health professionals encounter in late adulthood
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