About this Research Topic
In human aging there are biological, psychological, and social changes, which can be related to impairments in mental and physical health, and deficits in cognition of older adults. Alterations in brain structure and function may affect cognitive processing in older adults, starting with mild cognitive impairment and progressing to dementia. Among the most significant changes in cognitive functioning in aging, studies indicate a reduction in processing speed over the years. Cognitive reserve, a new concept that has received a lot of attention among researchers, aims to understand how the human brain adapts to neurodegeneration processes, in addition to understanding the compensatory mechanisms for cognitive deficits resulting from pathological conditions and normal aging. Due to the increase in life expectancy, there is a worldwide concern to develop strategies to prevent physical and mental illness in older adults, promoting quality of life. Non-pharmacological treatment strategies, such as cognitive training, have been highlighted in several studies.
The main objective of this Research Topic will be to reunite studies that focus on investigating cognitive functioning, cognitive reserve, and mental health in older adults. In addition, this Research Topic aims to present studies that verify clinical evidence of the effectiveness of cognitive interventions in aging.
Specific themes for this Research Topic include:
- Cognitive functioning in aging
- Cognitive reserve in elderly people
- Mental health and cognition in elderly people
- Depression and cognitive functioning in elderly people
- Anxiety and cognitive functioning in elderly people
- Cognitive interventions in aging
- Cognitive interventions using technologies with elderly people
- Cognitive training and physical activity in elderly people
- Predictors of cognitive reserve in elderly people
This Research Topic encourages the submission of Original Research and Review articles.
Keywords: Cognition, Mental Health, Elderly, Cognitive Reserve, Cognitive Interventions
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