Prevention in psychiatry: effects of healthy lifestyle on cognition.

TitlePrevention in psychiatry: effects of healthy lifestyle on cognition.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMerrill, DA, Small GW
JournalThe Psychiatric clinics of North America
Date Published2011 Mar
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Aging, Brain, Cognition Disorders, Health Behavior, Humans, Life Style, Memory Disorders, Primary Prevention, Risk Factors, Stress, Psychological

People are living longer than ever. With greater longevity, a critical question becomes whether or not our memories endure across the life span. This article reviews the common forms of age-related memory change and the emerging evidence related to putative risk and protective factors for brain aging. With increasing awareness of Alzheimer disease and related dementias, patients, families, and clinicians are eager for concise and accurate information about the effects and limitations of preventative strategies related to lifestyle choices that may improve cognitive health.

Alternate JournalPsychiatr. Clin. North Am.