Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults

A Guide to the Use and Development of Community-Based Programs

  • Paula E. Hartman-Stein
  • Asenath LaRue

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Research Foundations for Cognitive Wellness Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Dunlosky, Heather Bailey, Christopher Hertzog
      Pages 3-23
    3. Elizabeth M. Zelinski, Sarah E. Dalton, Glenn E. Smith
      Pages 45-66
  3. Community-Based Programs to Enhance and Sustain Healthy Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Jeanette S. Biermann, Paula E. Hartman-Stein, Paula E. Hartman-Stein
      Pages 107-124
    3. Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow, Jeanine M. Parisi
      Pages 155-168
    4. Paula E. Hartman-Stein, Paula E. Hartman-Stein, Mary DeForest
      Pages 169-182
    5. Linda M. Ercoli, Paul A. Cernin, Gary W. Small
      Pages 213-229
    6. Stephanie R. Johnson
      Pages 231-238
    7. Abhilash K. Desai, Abhilash K. Desai, Joy Rush, Lakshmi Naveen, Papan Thaipisuttikul
      Pages 249-269
  4. Enhancing Cognition Through the Arts

  5. Cognitive Wellness Interventions for Adults with Memory Impairment

  6. Gaining Through Giving Back: Programs with A Positive Societal Impact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
    2. George W. Rebok, Michelle C. Carlson, Jeremy S. Barron, Kevin D. Frick, Sylvia McGill, Jeanine M. Parisi et al.
      Pages 469-487
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 489-499

About this book


Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults

A Guide for Use and Development of Community-Based Programs

Paula E. Hartman-Stein and Asenath La Rue, editors

One of the major milestones of aging research is the concept that dementia is not a one-cause, one-effect disorder. From this realization, scores of research-based cognitive wellness programs have been established alongside traditional medical interventions to help older adults deal with memory decline, cognitive deficits,and other signs of brain aging.

Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults takes a wellness-support rather than a disease-based approach to its subject, presenting a wide range of promising interventions among the diversity that is currently being offered, from intergenerational volunteer programs, writing workshops, and multimedia strategies to meditation,biofeedback, nutrition, and exercise. Introductory chapters discuss the findings driving the cognitive-wellness movement, and the possible roles such programs may have in preserving critical brain resources, increasing cognitive flexibility, and avoiding devastating brain decline for improved quality of life in older adults. Areas of coverage include:

  • Research bases for cognitive wellness interventions.
  • Social programs designed to improve and sustain cognitive function.
  • Enhancing cognition through the arts and cultural activities.
  • Cognitive wellness interventions for adults with memory impairment.
  • Community-based programs with positive societal impact.

A cogent survey of a growing field, Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults is a timely resource for professionals working toward this crucial goal,including clinical, health, and neuropsychologists, primary care physicians(e.g., geriatricians, internists, family physicians), and clinical social workers.


Adult communities Alzheimer’s disease Brain fitness Brain plasticity Cognitive enhancement Cognitive impairment Cognitive skills Dementia Healthy aging Intergenerational schools Memory disorders Memory enhancement Mild cognitive impairment Narrative therapy Odyssey Program Pathological aging Posit Science Retirement communities Senility Senior centers Senior communities Story telling therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Paula E. Hartman-Stein
    • 1
  • Asenath LaRue
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Healthy AgingKentUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine & Public Health, Wisconsin Alzheimer's InstituteUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0635-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0636-6
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