"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 psychologic changes.
"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 stress)." From Merck Manual
About.com Mental Health Site
Resources on aging.
Administration 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
Adult 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 Commission
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 more.
The Alzheimerís Association, a national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimerís and helping those affected by the disease.
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
Extensive resources from the National Institute on Aging.
Assisted Living Facilities
The Elderly Place
Alzheimer's disease and caregiving.
Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression
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
Long Term Care
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Official U.S. Government site
Mental HealthNet Aging Resources
Extensive list Including Alzheimer's Disease, dementia and geriatric resources.
National Institute on Aging
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 article
Skilled Nursing Facilities