Ch 11: Cognitive Disorders in Aging Populations

About This Chapter

Develop a deeper understanding of the cognitive changes and conditions that affect aging adults by referring to this chapter. Video and text lessons are handy study aids you can reference to supplement sociology class studies or even prepare for college entrance or grade-assessment exams.

Cognitive Disorders in Aging Populations - Chapter Summary

You might be familiar with terms such as 'dementia' and 'Alzheimer's', but how much do you fully understand about these conditions? What can lead to these and other age-related cognitive disorders? In this chapter, you will have the opportunity to study details about the causes, treatments and types of mental problems and disorders that typically affect the aging population. You can study when it's convenient for you with 24/7 accessibility of these text and video lessons and even print transcripts for easy reference. Each lesson offers a self-assessment quiz that helps you determine your readiness in moving from one topic to the next. Once you have successfully completed your review of this chapter, you should have developed the following abilities:

  • Understand the history of different types of cognitive disorders
  • Define symptoms, causes and treatments of dementia, delirium and amnesia
  • Compare dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Describe various alcohol- and drug-induced cognitive disorders
  • Name mental problems associated with aging, such as depression and stress
  • Relate details about marriage and divorce and their effects on aging adults
  • Detail irreversible dementias that afflict older adults
  • Describe parenting for middle-aged and older adults
  • Provide examples of reversible dementias and explain how and why they occur

5 Lessons in Chapter 11: Cognitive Disorders in Aging Populations
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Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

1. Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

Dementia is a disorder that results in memory loss due to impairment of cognitive functioning. Learn about the definition, diagnosis, causes, treatment, care, and symptoms of dementia as defined in Prichard's stages of dementia.

Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

2. Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

Dementia is a cognitive disorder that causes memory loss, while Alzheimer's is a disease that causes dementia. Learn about the definitions of dementia and Alzheimer's, and explore examples to understand their differences and impact on the aging process.

Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders

3. Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders

Geriatric Psychology involves the study and treatment of mental health problems associated with aging. Explore this branch of psychology and some issues connected with aging such as depression, stress, anxiety, and other later-in-life disorders.

Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population: Examples & Summary

4. Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population: Examples & Summary

Dementia is defined by a decline of cognitive abilities and functioning that typically affects the older population. Read a summary of irreversible types of dementia and find examples such as multi-infarct dementia, Parkinson's disease, and AIDS dementia complex.

Reversible or Apparent Dementias: Examples & Causes

5. Reversible or Apparent Dementias: Examples & Causes

Dementia is a general term for cognitive impairment, such as loss of memory, language skills, problem-solving ability, and executive function. Learn what dementia is and see how some types of reversible or apparent dementias may be caused by poor nutrition, mental health, use of drugs, or illness.

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