COMMENTARY

Cognitive Health for an Aging Population

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS

Disclosures

November 16, 2009

In This Article

Conclusion

In spite of our deepest fears, many people never experience serious decline in cognitive performance, and those who have mild cognitive problems do not necessarily progress to dementia.[40] However, cognitive decline, particularly on a scale as large as the baby boomer generation, will have far-reaching consequences for society as a whole.

Perhaps it is premature to say so, but the evidence suggests that we are setting the stage for our own twilight years. Where we go from here, as a nation, will depend on the decisions we make about pursuing cognitive health for our aging citizens and how and when we build the bridge between research and practice. If it is not soon, we may find ourselves in the position of having to divert more of our resources from prevention to caretaking.

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