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Avron Spiro III & Christopher B. Brady

In: Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chapter 16: Integrating Health Into Cognitive Aging Research and Theory: Quo Vadis?

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Integrating Health Into Cognitive Aging Research and Theory: Quo Vadis?
Integrating health into cognitive aging research and theory: Quo vadis?

As people age, the likelihood of cognitive impairment and dementia increase, although they are far from inevitable. Both are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and health care costs and with worsening quality of life. Improving our understanding of the risk factors for cognitive impairment, and determining whether these same risk factors are also associated with dementia, has become increasingly important as the population ages. Although extensive research documents the nature and extent of cognitive impairment and dementia, much less is known about the etiology of age-related cognitive decline (i.e., cognitive change with age). As Bennett (2000) noted, less is known about predictors of cognitive decline than ...

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