Exploring interventions to reduce cognitive decline in aging
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
PubMed Central ID
DOI of Published Version
As the population ages, risks for cognitive decline threaten independence and quality of life for older adults and present challenges to the health care system. Nurses are in a unique position to advise clients about cognitive health promotion and to develop interventions that optimize cognition in the growing aging population. A literature review was completed to provide nurses working in mental health and geriatric care with an overview of research related to the promotion of successful cognitive aging for older adults. Research evaluating cognitively stimulating lifestyles and the effects on cognitive function of older adults of interventions targeting cognitive training, physical activity, social engagement, and nutrition were reviewed. Overall research findings support positive effects of cognitive and physical activity, social engagement, and therapeutic nutrition in optimizing cognitive aging. However, the strength of the research evidence is limited by research designs. Conclusions include recommended applications for health promotion to optimize cognitive aging and future direction for research.
Cognition and Aging, Interventions, Health Promotion
Published Article/Book Citation
J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2010 May; 48(5): 42–51.doi: 10.3928/02793695-20100331-03
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