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What Can Cognitive Aging Research Contribute to the Decade of Healthy Aging?

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The WHO 2020-2030 “Decade of Healthy Aging” recognizes that in the next decades, new cohorts of longliving individuals and increasingly diverse populations will increase the heterogeneity of changes in cognitive activities, abilities, underlying structures, correlates and predictors, and their relations to ...

The WHO 2020-2030 “Decade of Healthy Aging” recognizes that in the next decades, new cohorts of longliving individuals and increasingly diverse populations will increase the heterogeneity of changes in cognitive activities, abilities, underlying structures, correlates and predictors, and their relations to healthy aging. However, differentiated data beyond “the 65+” on this complexity of cognitive and healthy aging are either lacking or strongly biased. To recognize and use the potential of a longliving society, the knowledge about these relations will help to determine the best conditions for an optimal individual and societal development. In line with “the decade”, this research topic aims at collecting the evidence basis that can inform structures and regulations in support of maintaining and improving the level of cognitive functioning. This topic follows up a panel discussion and scientific contributions on the Aging & Cognition Conference 2021 initiated by EUCAS (European Cognitive Ageing Society).

This Research Topic will focus on what cognitive aging researchers can contribute to the decade of healthy aging. The scope ranges from (a) providing new research methods to better describe the profile of changes in different areas of functioning and how they are related to each other, (b) research findings on basic sensory and psychological processes and their impact on cognitive functioning in aging, (c) prevention, intervention, and implementation studies on cognitive functioning, and (d) theoretical contributions. Welcome are submissions to the following topics:
1) Which profiles of mental and physical functioning promote healthy aging in different cohorts?
2) Relations between sensory, mental, physical and cognitive functioning and healthy aging
3) Compensatory mechanisms and prevention (e.g., lifestyle) to enhance cognitive functioning
4) Training studies and cognitive interventions and effects on healthy aging
5) Psychological well-being and cognitive functioning
6) Cognitive aging in clinical subgroups

All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of the review process. Welcome are the following article types:

• Original Research
• Brief Research Report
• Registered Report
• Methods
• Review
• Clinical Trial
• Perspective


Keywords: Cognitive Aging, Healthy Aging, Optimal Aging, Compensation, Prevention and Intervention


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 February 2022 Manuscript
01 April 2022 Manuscript Extension

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01 April 2022 Manuscript Extension

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