"Geriatrics refers to medical care for the
elderly, an age group that is not easy to define precisely. “Older
people” is sometimes preferred but is equally imprecise;
> 65 is the age often used. Gerontology
is the study of aging, including biologic, sociologic, and
"Around 1900 in the US, people
> 65 accounted for 4% of the population;
now, they account for > 13% (38 million,
with a net gain of > 1000/day). In 2026,
when post–World War II baby boomers begin to reach age 80, estimates
suggest that > 20% (almost 80 million)
will be > 65. Mean age of those
> 65 is now a little ore than 75, and
the proportion of those > 85 is
predicted to increase.
"Life expectancy is an additional 16 yr at age 65
and 9 yr at age 75 for men and an additional 19 yr at age 65 and 12
yr at age 75 for women. Overall, women live about 5 yr longer than
men, probably because of genetic, biologic, and environmental
factors. These differences in survival have not changed, despite
changes in women's lifestyle (eg, increased smoking, increased
Mental Health Site
Resources on aging.
U.S. government site that includes information designed for older
Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing
the opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons
and support their independence.
Adult Day Care
day care centers are senior care locations that are open during
normal business hours and provide various care services, supervision
and social interaction for the elderly. Seniors generally attend
adult day care on a scheduled basis which can provide relief to
caretakers, such as family members or caregivers. Seniors who attend
adult day care can benefit from the increased companionship and
social interaction with others.
AgeWise Connection Area Agency on Aging, Atlanta Regional
Atlanta Regional Commission's AgeWise Connection
is your first stop in the Atlanta region for information
about services and programs for older adults such as housing
options, retirement planning, in-home services, leisure and
recreation activities, volunteer, educational opportunities and much
The AlzheimerÝs Association, a national network of chapters, is
the largest national voluntary health organization committed to
finding a cure for AlzheimerÝs and helping those affected by the
Disease Education and Referral Center
Extensive resources from the National Institute on Aging.
Alzheimer's disease and caregiving.
Fuqua Center for Late
The Fuqua Center is committed to improving the
community’s understanding and recognition of mental illnesses in
older adults and improving access to geriatric psychiatric services.
The Fuqua Center provides community education programs, professional
training and clinical services in Atlanta, throughout the state of
Georgia and nationally.
This website offers information on Emory
Healthcare/ Fuqua Center mental health services including community
based clinics, in home psychiatric care provided in residential
facilities and long distance psychiatric evaluations provided via
telemedicine technology. You will also find information on upcoming
educational programs as well as community resources for seniors,
caregivers and professionals who care for older adults. We invite
you to explore this site and welcome your comments and suggestions.
Georgia Department of Aging Services
The Georgia Department of
Human Services, Division of Aging Services administers a statewide
system of services for senior citizens, their families and
caregivers. We work with other aging agencies and organizations to
effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of elderly
Georgians. DAS meets the challenge of Georgia's growing older
population through continued service improvement and innovation.
Healthy Aging - Centers
for Disease Control
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Official U.S. Government site
HealthNet Aging Resources
Extensive list Including Alzheimer's Disease, dementia and geriatric
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 25 institutes
and centers of the National Institutes
of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the
nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.
Older Adults and Mental Health - National Institute of Health
Older Adults and Mental Health - Report of U.S. Surgeon General
Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis in Older Adults - Journal