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PSY 180 - Psychology of Aging - Textbook

Chapter 5: Table of Contents

Chapter 5: Cognition & Mental Health in Aging


Chapter Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the usefulness of embodiment theory as an alternative to previous explanations of cognitive decline in the elderly.
  • Identify the major chronic mental illnesses.
  • Identify the importance of the timing of chronic mental illnesses and their treatment.
  • Evaluate the common mental health concerns facing the elderly, including symptoms and treatment.
  • Evaluate whether the “Timeless” app is a useful tool in assisting persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

Chapter Key Points

  • The theory of embodiment may provide researchers with a novel approach to conceptualizing and examining cognitive decline in the elderly, and may support new treatments for this cluster of disorders.
  • Elderly persons with serious mental health illnesses are living longer due to advancements in care. However, it depends on when the onset of the illness began and the quality of care they've received.
  • As we age mental health illness symptoms tend to be much more physical than before.
  • Patients with Alzheimer’s disease can be assisted by modern technology.

(Learning Objectives, Key Points, and Basic Terms content by Professor Stacey Cooper is licensed under CC BY 4.0.)