Neurocognitive Disorders; The Law And Mental Health
How has the proportion of the population who are 65 and older changed over recent years, and how does it compare with the proportion of children under 5?
The proportion of the population who are 65 and older has increased dramatically worldwide, to the point where there are now about as many people worldwide over the age of 65 than children under 5.
How does the default network activity of older adults differ from that of young adults?
The default network involves more brain areas in older than in younger adults, and older adults have more difficulty turning the default network off.
What gene, also associated with Alzheimer's disease, is connected with significant declines in IQ score in old age?
The gene involved both in Alzheimer's disease and in the decline of IQ scores in old age is APOE-4, the gene that creates apolipoprotein -E.
What three factors are associated with protecting the brain from declines in functioning with age?
The three factors associated with protection from brain decline with age are:
-building up greater processing reserves in earlier life
-maintaining social support
What is "delirium?"
Delirium is a short-term state of confusion or a short-lived lower level of cognitive functioning, often caused by toxins like alcohol, infections, and physical illnesses
What are the major symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?
Alzheimer's disease involves gradual but insidious progression in impairment of several cognitive domains, including loss of memory/ learning abilities, and steady declines in other forms of cognition. In addition, there should be no evidence of other medical conditions that might be causing these outcomes.