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Aging In Arkansas: Cognitive Function And Aging

Adults 65 and over are expected to more than double by 2050. Therefore, we need to understand the cognitive changes of aging, even normal aging, where there may be changes not anticipated.

In normal aging there are declines in some cognitive abilities as speed, memory, language and decision making. These changes are small and do not result in impairment but should be considered for safety, especially driving safety, as well as everyday function.

Most older adults will not develop dementia or other debilitating diseases but cognitive retraining may be helpful. Exercise can be especially helpful mentally as well as physically.

Consider thinking and doing activities. Get out those card games, dancing shoes and community groups!

Clinical Geriatric Medicine. 2013 Nov; 29(4): 737–752

doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2013.07.002