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Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind$
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Pamela M. Greenwood and Raja Parasuraman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017145

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017145.001.0001

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What Can and What Should Be Done to Support Cognitive Vitality in Older Adults?

What Can and What Should Be Done to Support Cognitive Vitality in Older Adults?

(p.209) 13 What Can and What Should Be Done to Support Cognitive Vitality in Older Adults?
Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind

Pamela M. Greenwood

Raja Parasuraman

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the practices that can be used to maintain cognitive function in older adults. Practices that are advisable in young age, including advanced education and avoiding excess weight, are presented. So too are practices that older adults can undertake to support cognitive vitality in late age, including aerobic exercise, intake of saturated fats in place of polyunsaturated fats, following dietary restriction, and learning new skills and knowledge acquisition. The chapter discusses the use of estrogen replacement by women and cognition-enhancing drugs by adults and children with their advantages and drawbacks. Self-health care technologies and human-factors methods aimed at supporting older people living in their homes independently are presented.

Keywords:   cognitive function, saturated fats, estrogen replacement, cognition-enhancing drugs, human-factors methods

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