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Cognitive Disorders Related to Aging - Chapter Summary
Our brains develop throughout the course of our lives, but as we age, we become prone to certain cognitive disorders. This chapter addresses those age-related cognitive disorders and how they impact the lives of individuals and their families.
The instructors who created this chapter possess extensive knowledge in this field, so you can rest easy knowing that you are reviewing well-researched information that has been written by experts. The information presented here includes current information about trends and other mental health perspectives. In addition, if ever you have any questions about this chapter or any other chapter we offer, you can always send your questions directly to the instructors. After you finish the lessons from this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
- Determine the definition of cognitive disorders
- Differentiate Alzheimer's from dementia
- Describe later-in-life disorders related to anxiety, stress, and depression
1. What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives
The human ability to think is what sets us apart from the other animals. But what happens when memories or the ability to learn disappears? In this lesson we'll look at three common types of cognitive disorders: dementia, delirium, and amnestic disorders.
2. Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging
In this lesson, you will learn what dementia is and is not through definitions and examples. You will also examine Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia and memory loss in the elderly.
3. Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders
With age comes wisdom, but it also comes with a bunch of problems. In this lesson, we'll look at some psychological problems that can plague older adults, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis.
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Other chapters within the Psychology 108: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging course
- Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
- Personality & Aging
- Health of the Aging Population
- The Aging Brain and Nervous System
- Effects of Aging on Skin & Body Build
- Effects of Aging on the Sensory System
- Effects of Aging on the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- The Aging Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
- Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population
- Changes to Memory & Attention with Age
- Cognitive Development & Aging
- Overview of Intelligence, Wisdom & Creativity
- Mental Health and Lifespan Development Disorders
- Cognitive, Behavioral & Psychological Assessments
- Age-Related Anxiety Disorders
- Substance Abuse Among Aging Populations
- Mood & Stress Disorders Affecting the Aging Population
- Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults
- Relationships in Adulthood
- Career Changes Over the Lifespan
- Retirement and Leisure in Adulthood
- Overview of Death, Dying & Bereavement
- Studying for Psychology 108