Cognitive Changes in Aging: Competence and Incompetence

  • Paul E. Baer
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 3)


The mental infirmities of old age are commonly accorded a close second in inevitability after death and taxes. What has been taken virtually as a truism, that persons deteriorate psychologically as they become older, today seems less a simple truth. This discussion will be devoted to a modest polemic, the thesis that the cognitive capabilities the elderly retain should be understood as well as the capabilities they lose.


Elderly Subject Elderly Person Verbal Learning Young Subject Cognitive Change 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul E. Baer
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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