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Nurturing the Older Brain and Mind

Pamela M. Greenwood and Raja Parasuraman


Although our physical abilities clearly decline as we age, cognitive decline in healthy old age is neither universal nor inevitable. This book shows that scientific research does not support the popular notion of the inexorable and progressive effects of cognitive aging in all older adults. It reports that many adults maintain a high level of cognitive function into old age and that certain experiential and lifestyle factors—including education, exercise, diet, and opportunities for new learning—contribute to the preservation of cognitive abilities. Many popular accounts draw similar conclusio ... More

Keywords: old age, older adults, education, cognitive abilities, diet, aerobic exercise, cognitive aging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017145
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela M. Greenwood, author

Raja Parasuraman, author