The final challenge of aging: Death and dying

Molly Maxfield, Eva Maria Stelzer, Jeff Greenberg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Age-related changes in health require constant adaptation and culminate in the final challenge of aging-death and the dying process. This chapter focuses on psychological aspects of death and dying, with an emphasis on the experiences, perspectives, and needs of older adults. Research concerning age-related differences in response to mortality is reviewed, and applied work relating to specific aspects of death and dying, such as hospice and palliative care, the role of the medical community (and their own death-anxiety) is also explored. We consider the concept of a “good death” and how older adults may be uniquely equipped to contemplate and cope with approaching mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of the Psychology of Aging
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128160947
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Death and dying
  • End-of-life care
  • Terror management theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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