Healthy Brain Aging

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Medical textbooks do not consider including chapters on “the mentally healthy” or on “mechanisms of health.” Yet virtually every textbook on neurodegenerative dementia includes an obligatory chapter on “healthy brain aging.” The goal may be to set healthy brain aging apart from dementia, but it remains to be determined whether these two states comprise a dichotomy or a continuum. The aging process itself is the most potent risk factor for most common dementing illness, and it has been suggested (but not proven) that dementia may be an inevitable consequence of aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Dementing Illnesses, Second Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780849354847
ISBN (Print)9780824758387
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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