Can dementia be delayed? What you need to know to counsel your older patients

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Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are thought to be the “defining disease of the boomer generation” and will have enormous personal and societal costs over the next several decades. Understanding normal cognitive aging will help primary care providers (PCPs) to recognize what is and is not “normal” for their patients as they age and will assist them in counseling patients about cognitive concerns. While drugs and supplements have been uniformly disappointing in preventing cognitive decline, newer evidence suggests that lifestyle modification, such as healthy diet, exercise, creativity, cognitive stimulation, and good sleep, may be helpful. This chapter reviews normal cognitive aging and the evidence for healthy habits in preventing cognitive decline and provides tips for PCPs to counsel patients on maintaining a health brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Directions in Geriatric Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Trends, and Evidence-Based Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319281377
ISBN (Print)9783319281353
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Mild cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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