Presenter: 2010 Outstanding Gerontology Practitioner in the State of Ohio
Paula E. Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.
Center for Healthy Aging
265 W. Main Street, suite 102
Kent, Ohio 44240
Adjunct faculty: LifeSpan Development and Educational Sciences,
College of Nursing and Department of Psychology, Kent State University
Senior Fellow, Institute for Life-Span Development & Gerontology, Univ. of Akron;
Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy.
Older people across the world are embarking on an experiment in nature, adopting many different approaches to cognitive well-being, such as committing to physical exercise to benefit their brains as well as their hearts, changing their diets, managing stress more effectively, engaging in lifelong learning programs, participating in the arts and in friendly academic competitions as well as volunteering to advance causes beyond themselves, with the belief that these actions can improve their cognitive course and quality of life. Research to guide choices about which activities may have the greatest benefit for late-life cognitive function lags behind this popular movement, but the scientific literature on what works, and what doesn’t, is gradually increasing in clarity. This presentation reviews the exciting research underway on cognitive wellness interventions with the diverse and creative community-based programs being offered to stimulate cognition and promote emotional well-being for older adults.
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