The American Psychological Association ( Apa )

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According to the 2010 Census, the older adult population has grown a15.1 percent compared to the previous census. That percent represents a total number of 40,267,984 (Werner, 2011). This cipher, should call our attention as future mental health providers because the older adult population is increasing exponentially through the years. Consequently, it is important to be prepared on the most effective and accurate methods to keep this age population at a high psychological wellbeing state. The American Psychological Association (APA) has created a group of guidelines to assist the psychological practice with older adults. The APA guidelines address the main areas where psychologists should improve towards a more satisfactory practice with older adults. The first two guidelines talk about the relevance of being aware of what are the psychologists’ personal attitudes about aging, which could help to avoid prejudices and misconceptions regarding the process of aging. Holding false stereotypes, such as: older adults lack of sexual interest, or they tend to be mentally ill, can lead psychologists to provide a biased, and therefore, insufficient service. On the other hand, guidelines third to sixth call about the need of knowing more about adulthood development. Psychologists should acquire up-to-date information about aging. This way, they can distinguish between changes in older adults due to generational characteristics and historical problems. For example, it would not
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