Selective decline in memory function among healthy elderly

  • Small S
  • Stern Y
  • Tang M
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Used longitudinally acquired data to establish whether aging is associated with memory decline. 212 community-based healthy people (aged 60-93 yrs) were followed prospectively and evaluated annually with a neuropsychological battery testing memory and other cognitive domains. Longitudinal performance was compared between 2 age groups: younger (aged 60-69 yrs) and older (aged 70+ yrs) Ss. The older age group displayed a relative decline in memory performance with time. In contrast to memory, a relative age-related decline was not observed in tests of language, visuospatial ability, and abstract reasoning. Within the memory domain, age-related decline was restricted to a specific aspect of memory, manifesting only in a measure sensitive to the acquisition and early retrieval of new information, and not in a measure of memory retention. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Age Differences
  • Aging
  • Cognitive Ability
  • Memory

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  • Scott A Small

  • Yaakov Stern

  • Ming Tang

  • Richard Mayeux

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