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By Carl Eisdorfer, Donna Cohen (auth.), Martha Storandt, Ilene C. Siegler, Merrill F. Elias (eds.)

It has been envisioned that there are at the least 2,500,000 adults, 10% of the inhabitants above age sixty five, who're presently wanting a few type of psychological well-being prone (Kramer, Taube, and Redick, 1973). different estimates are even better (e. g. , Pfeiffer, 1977). it's anticipated that this quantity increases because the variety of older adults raises over the subsequent forty years. most likely lower than four hundred scientific psychologists at the moment are provid­ ing prone to this age crew. The variety of aged sufferers truly visible by way of those psychologists is especially, very small. One nationwide survey came across that of 353 psychologists who pronounced they'd older consumers, simply 495 participants have been obvious for psycho­ logical checking out and 1423 for psychotherapy within the one month simply sooner than the reaction (Dye, in press). Assuming that a similar in­ dividuals weren't noticeable for either trying out and treatment in the one month period--a questionable assumption--approximately . 08% of the no less than two-and-one-half million older adults short of mental prone at the moment are being provided with those companies in a few shape or one other. therefore, the necessity for elevated involvement of scientific psychology with the elderly is indisputable. besides the fact that, few assets presently exist in an effort to serve to extend the variety of scientific psychologists proficient to satisfy this desire. most likely under a hundred medical psychologists residing this day have got any type of formal graduate education within the medical psychology of the getting older (Storandt, 1977).

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