Gerontopsychology: Ageing is All in Your Head

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Aging book series (BRIEFSAGING)


Gerontopsychology explores the effects of ageing on the brain and on personality. It explores how cognitive functions change with ageing and how individuals can cope with such change in order to maintain a high quality of life. An important age-related cognitive change is dementia, which is a disease that causes people to lose their memory and their capabilities. This chapter describes how common dementia is across Europe and it discusses what we can do to prevent it.


Life Satisfaction Cognitive Ability Cognitive Reserve Cognitive Health Meaningful Goal 
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  1. 1.Institute of Psychology and International Normal Aging and Plasticity Imaging CenterUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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