NEW DIRECTIONS FOR APPLIED GERONTOLOGY: RESEARCH, PRACTICE, PUBLIC POLICY
 
Culbertson, F.C., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA
 
The presidential address will consider future directions for the field ofApplied Gerontology, based on exciting developments in psychology in the areas of research, practice and public policy. In the research arena, I will present recent developments in mind-body research unfolding today. In practice, I will present an innovative therapy model for aging persons. In public policy, I will summarize some of the findings from the UN Year of the Aging. My aims are to invite you to become aware of the field of emotions and brain relationships, especially findings that may be significant for working with the elderly population. In practice, I will present my present work on hypnotherapy with aging persons, (a therapy that was considered not to be effective with the aged), to enhance resiliency behaviors in the elderly. In the field of public policy, I will summarize some of the findings, and future suggestions for ourselves and our Division, from the UN Report on Aging.