Behavioral gerontology: application of behavioral methods to the problems of older adults.

Academic Article


  • Elderly persons are under-represented in research and clinical applied behavior analysis, in spite of data suggesting that behavior problems are quite prevalent in both community dwelling and institutionalized elderly. Preliminary investigations suggest that behavioral procedures can be used effectively in treating various geriatric behavior problems. We discuss a number of areas within behavioral gerontology that would profit from additional research, including basic field study, self-management, community caregiver training, institutional staff training and management, and geriatric behavioral pharmacology. Special considerations for adapting behavioral procedures are discussed, and suggestions for expanding the role of behavior analysis in geriatric care are offered.
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    Author List

  • Burgio LD; Burgio KL
  • Start Page

  • 321
  • End Page

  • 328
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 4