Strategies for successful aging: a research update

Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014 Oct;16(10):476. doi: 10.1007/s11920-014-0476-6.


Population aging is an enormous public health issue and there is clear need for strategies to maximize opportunities for successful aging. Many psychiatric illnesses are increasingly thought to be associated with accelerated aging, therefore emerging data on individual and policy level interventions that alter typical aging trajectories are relevant to mental health practitioners. Although the determinants and definition of successful aging remain controversial, increasing data indicate that psychiatric illnesses directly impact biological aging trajectories and diminish lifestyle, psychological, and socio-environmental factors that seem to reduce risk of morbidity and mortality. Many interventions designed to enhance the normal course of aging may be adjunctive approaches to management of psychiatric illnesses. We highlight recent data on interventions seeking to promote healthy aging, such as cognitive remediation, physical activity, nutrition, and complementary and alternative treatments for older people with and without psychiatric illnesses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging* / physiology
  • Aging* / psychology
  • Attitude
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Diet
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Mental Health
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Social Behavior