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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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Global Aging and Cognitive Functioning

Global Aging and Cognitive Functioning

(p.1) 1 Global Aging and Cognitive Functioning
Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind

Pamela M. Greenwood

Raja Parasuraman

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the economic and social implications of global aging in both developed and developing countries, and defines cognitive aging, which is thought to be the main reason for the economic and social implications. However, studies have revealed that cognitive decline in old age is not universal, and that there is retention of plasticity in the aging brain. The chapter discusses the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on memory, attention, and visuospatial functioning and states the importance of studying cognitive aging while keeping the disease in mind. The importance of screening for signs of dementia in older adults is discussed.

Keywords:   global aging, cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease, visuospatial functioning, memory, dementia

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