Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging

Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging

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The critical importance of brain health to the well-being of older adults is becoming increasingly clear. However, an important aspect that interests most people relates to what clinicians and their adult patients and family members can do to retain and even improve cognitive and emotional functioning as they age. Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging thoroughly discusses the neuroscience of healthy aging and presents effective strategies for staying lively, engaged, and positive.

The book is organized into three parts. The first one, focusing on behavioral and psychosocial aspects, strives to place cognitive aging in a broad context. With chapters that explore such topics as the meaning of wisdom, the role of spirituality in healthy aging, and what centenarians can teach us about cognition and emotion, this section sets the stage for a rich, robust, yet nuanced treatment of its subject. The second part addresses the biological aspects and presents the scientific foundations of cognitive aging, as well as reviews the research on the role of factors such as stress, resilience, and diet. Finally, the third section addresses prevention and intervention strategies in a practical, down-to-earth fashion, addressing questions such as "What environments encourage physical activity?" and "How can we promote resilience?"

Several features of the book are especially noteworthy: The book bridges the gap between popular science for a lay audience and the heavily theoretical, academic approach of other books on the aging brain, making it suitable not only for clinicians but for their patients and family members as well. The fascinating story of an innovative intergenerational school makes the case for meaningful activity -- not just for the older participants but for the entire community -- and is suggestive of the plethora of possible programs that might prove effective at keeping the older population engaged and contributing. Results from a 70-year longitudinal study are extensively reviewed and identify the coping strategies that seem to bring about well-being in older age. The most promising strategies for successful aging, applicable to a large majority of the population, are summarized by the editors so that clinicians as well as consumers of healthcare may implement them as they see fit.

As the baby boomers reach what used to be considered "old age," the demand for evidence-based strategies for retaining and improving cognition will only increase. Fortunately, as the editors note, it is never too early or too late to start working toward the goal of improving brain health.
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  • Paperback | 441 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 17 Line drawings, unspecified; 14 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585623512
  • 9781585623518
  • 1,689,544

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The next two decades will see a profound demographic transformation toward an aging population on a scale never seen before in the entire human history. There have been recent scientific findings on healthy brain aging that have challenged the centuries-old thinking, paving the way for new strategies to maintain and enhance cognitive abilities, functioning, and well-being in older age. From topics as diverse as genes and molecular building blocks to physical exercise, nutrition, wisdom, and spirituality, the editors of Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging have gathered the foremost experts in aging research to provide the science of healthy brain aging in practical terms. This book should prove invaluable to clinicians, scientists, students, and anyone with a desire to learn more about how to increase the odds of successful cognitive and emotional aging.
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Table of contents

ContributorsForewordChapter 1. Phenotypes of Successful Aging: HISTORICAL OVERVIEWPART I: Behavioral and Psychosocial AspectsChapter 2. Defining and Assessing Cognitive and Emotional Health in Later LifeChapter 3. Cognitive Aging: FROM BASIC SKILLS TO SCRIPTS AND SCHEMATAChapter 4. Positive Emotions and Health: WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT AGINGChapter 5. The Role of Spirituality in Healthy AgingChapter 6. Wisdom: DEFINITION, ASSESSMENT, AND RELATION TO SUCCESSFUL COGNITIVE AND EMOTIONAL AGINGChapter 7. Cognition and Emotion in CentenariansPART II: Biological AspectsChapter 8. Neuroimaging of Successful Cognitive and Emotional AgingChapter 9. Cognitive and Brain ReserveChapter 10. Stress, Resilience, and the Aging BrainChapter 11. Influence of Dietary Factors on Brain Aging and the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer DiseaseChapter 12. Molecular Genetic Building Blocks of Successful Cognitive and Emotional AgingChapter 13. Animal Models of Successful Cognitive AgingPART III: Prevention and Intervention StrategiesChapter 14. Creating Environments to Encourage Physical ActivityChapter 15. Diet, Nutritional Factors, and the Aging BrainChapter 16. Pharmacological Approaches to Successful Cognitive and Emotional AgingChapter 17. Cognitive Interventions: TRADITIONAL AND NOVEL APPROACHESChapter 18. Aging, Cognition, and TechnologyChapter 19. Recognizing and Promoting ResilienceChapter 20. Gaining Wisdom Through Multiage Learning: THE STORY OF THE INTERGENERATIONAL SCHOOLChapter 21. EpilogueIndex
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Review quote

The book certainly represents a valuable addition to the literature on pathways to successful cognitive and emotional aging. * Ross Andel, PhD, JAMA * This is a terrific overview of cognitive aging research. Anyone interested in this pertinent and increasingly important subject should purchase this new book. It is an outstanding resource. * Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A., Doody Enterprises *
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About Dilip V. Jeste

Colin A. Depp, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Member of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego and Instructor in the Department of Gerontology at San Diego State University in San Diego, California.

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., is Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California.
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