Adult Development and Senility
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This paper discusses how it looks as though a decline in mental capacity and senility are not automatically the fate of the senior years and are not inevitable. It looks at how various factors such as diet, lifestyle and environment and specialized training are also important factors and how it is often impossible to untangle the various cause and effects with regard to which of the above factors makes the most difference. The paper concludes that it is best for the patient in both the short term and in the long run if they get enough sleep, have intellectual stimulation and have an optimal diet. These and a multitude of other factors (many times working together in ways that are still not fully understood) must be considered in the quest to optimize the intellectual functioning within the senior population.
From the Paper:"Frequently, it is impossible to untangle the relationships of better nutrition, learning and preventative health measures. However, amongst disadvantaged populations, training programs for older adults improved the cognitive capabilities of two-thirds of participants. The learning of mnemonic techniques doubled the amount of words that subjects could recall. Plasticity, a very important factor in human cognition and learning, has been demonstrated into the ninth decade of life. While "normal aging" where the expected onset of senility comes shortly after retirement, "successful aging" and healthy aging has been introduced as a term to explain the optimal states of aging which exhibit maximum health and mental well being. "
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