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In this interdisciplinary text, Lewis R Aiken examines the elements that influence people in the later stages of life. Beginning with an historical overview of gerontology, the author discusses both pragmatic and philosophical concerns within the field. Factors impacting the process and results of ageing are carefully outlined and address such areas as biology, psychology, sociology, economics and politics. The interpersonal variability of the older population is stressed throughout the book, recognizing gender, ethnic, racial and cultural differences. Each chapter concludes with: a thorough review of the material covered; a series of questions and activities designed to enhance the learning experience; and a list of sugges

Cognitive Abilities
Cognitive abilities

Chapter Outline

The traditional view of old age is that of a time when both physical and cognitive abilities decline, activities are more restricted, and dependence on other people increases. It is commonly believed that older people have poor memories, cannot think clearly, and experience a general decline in cognitive abilities.

Sensory and motor abilities usually show some decrement during older adulthood, but as we shall see, mental abilities do not deteriorate quite so rapidly. Many very ...

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