Kathryn Betts Adams, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a former associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University where she taught courses in social work practice, mental health, and aging. Now relocated to the San Diego area, she writes and consults about mid-life issues, gerontology and mental health. Dr. Adams' research interests include depression in later life and adaptations to aging and its potential stressors, including dementia caregiving, chronic illness, loneliness, and bereavement. A current list of her publications can be seen at http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=WDunHEMAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao.
This blog focuses on how we cope with mid-life (i.e., 45-65 years old), bringing in theories from gerontology, sociology, and psychology to explore some of the developmental tasks, challenges, and gifts of this phase of life.