Preserving Cognitive Vitality in Older Adults As the population of older adults burgeons, preservation of cognitive vitality is quickly becoming a national public health concern. Speech-language pathologists are in a unique position to provide screening and prevention for cognitive-communication skills in the older adult population. In this article, I review medical and lifestyle factors currently associated ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2011
Preserving Cognitive Vitality in Older Adults
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  • Janet Simon Schreck
    Loyola Clinical Centers, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2011
Preserving Cognitive Vitality in Older Adults
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2011, Vol. 16, 49-55. doi:10.1044/gero16.2.49
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2011, Vol. 16, 49-55. doi:10.1044/gero16.2.49

As the population of older adults burgeons, preservation of cognitive vitality is quickly becoming a national public health concern. Speech-language pathologists are in a unique position to provide screening and prevention for cognitive-communication skills in the older adult population. In this article, I review medical and lifestyle factors currently associated with preservation of cognitive functioning. I also discuss the potential role of the speech-language pathologist with regard to screening, identification, and preventive intervention for this population.

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