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How does cognition change as we get older?

Philip Lisagor, MD
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Cognition is a vital part of healthy aging and quality of life. Cognition is a combination of mental processes that includes intuition, judgment, language, remembering and the ability to learn new things. Elders and others experiencing cognitive decline may be unable to care for themselves or to conduct necessary activities of daily living, such as meal preparation and money management. Limitations with the ability to effectively manage medications and existing medical conditions are particular concerns when an individual is experiencing cognitive decline or dementia. If cognitive decline can be prevented or better treated, quality of life improves.

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