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Motivation and Aging: Toward the Next Generation of Behavioral Interventions

Monday, June 18, 2012 to Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Expert Meeting, June 18-19, 2012, The National Academies. The purpose of this meeting was to bring together select individuals with expertise in behavioral interventions, motivation theory, aging and life course development, and personality psychology to discuss how to apply knowledge and approaches from these fields to successful interventions to increase motivation in aging populations and improve aging outcomes. Discussions were designed to explore how a contemporary understanding of motivation can help us understand why some adults in mid-life or older adulthood develop economic and health-related problems associated with dependence, loneliness, and failures of self-control, and the interventions that may maximize autonomy, social engagement, and responsible care of self and others. Background paper (PDF, 196K), think pieces (PDF, 171K), a detailed agenda (PDF, 110K),  and the participant list and biographies (PDF, 92K) are available.