About this Research Topic
Frailty in the elderly is a condition that has been explored and investigated on by focussing on physical dysfunctions detection and analysis.
To date - in light of a multidimensional analysis approach - cognitive decline and impaired global cognition have been generally linked to frailty .
In particular, the cognitive frailty concept refers to the co-occurrence of mild cognitive impairment and physical frailty in the absence of a detected major neurocognitive disorder.
The overall concept of examining cognitive and behavioural correlates of frailty is interesting and may indeed shed light on a more comprehensive model of frailty.
A fundamental question that needs to be clarified regards the relationship between neuropsychological dysfunctions and physical frailty. Up to now, this relationship is described as a "feedback loop Relationship”. However, there is still a lack of knowledge about the mutual relationship between neuropsychological dysfunctions and physical frailty when considering the continuum from physiological ageing to major neurocognitive disorders.
Contributions to this Research Topic may adopt any available scientific method, including comprehensive geriatric assessment, neuropsychological tools and test batteries, structural and functional brain imaging techniques, electrophysiological methods of analysis, aiming to suggest an existing direct link between physical functions and brain functions with cognitive processes.
This Research Topic will publish theoretical, experimental, methodological and applied studies on advance in the understanding of human cognition and behaviour throughout elder life.
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Keywords: Physical and Cognitive Frailty, Ageing, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Major Neurocognitive Disorders, Assessment, Interventions
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