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Chapter 11 Mental Health
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Mental Health and Aging Declining mental health is not normative aging, and the vast majority of elders are in good mental health. It is important to distinguish between age- related changes and disease. Social changes that accompany aging may be more likely to cause psychological problems than aging itself.
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Cognitive Processes Cognition involves perception, information processing, reaction time and performance Memory changes may be due to sensory declines, rather than cognitive loss. Sensory memory-attention-perception- psychomotor speed Selective Attention: focusing attention on relevant information into working memory while ignoring irrelevant information
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Cognitive Processes, cont. Divided attention: (doing two things at once) becomes more difficult in complex tasks with age. Psychomotor speed declines with age, which makes tasks like driving more challenging, yet older drivers have fewer accidents than younger drivers. Cognitive Mechanics vs. Cognitive Pragmatics
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Includes content, operations and products from operations Measures of intelligence have been criticized for being ethnocentric, sexist and ageist. Fluid vs. Crystallized Intelligence
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2010 for the course ACC 201 taught by Professor Mr.ishbo during the Spring '10 term at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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