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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
There are three main types of cognitive disorders, or disorders that interrupt typical thought processes. In this lesson, discover what sets Dementia, Delirium, and Amnesia apart as well as what causes them to occur.
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.
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.
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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