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Influence of level of activity on cognitive performance and cognitive plasticity in elderly persons.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17350699     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As a result of the rapid increase in the elderly population over recent decades, the analysis of factors influencing cognitive aging has become a focus of great interest for current research. In this area, numerous papers have indicated a relation between specific psychosocial variables and the level of activity and cognitive performance and plasticity in old age. This study aimed at testing a theoretical model, which establishes relations between level of activity, cognitive performance and cognitive plasticity in old age. In this study 176 elderly persons participated and were evaluated by means of a cognitive screening test, two cognitive plasticity evaluation tests and a questionnaire on the level of activity before and after retirement. A structural equation analysis was carried out on the data, which reveal significant relations between level of activity after retirement and cognitive performance and plasticity. Similarly, a significant relation is established between cognitive functioning and plasticity. The findings lend support to studies affirming that a high level of activity protects against cognitive decline and is related to cognitive plasticity in old age.
M D Calero-García; E Navarro-González; L Muñoz-Manzano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-03-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of gerontology and geriatrics     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0167-4943     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Gerontol Geriatr     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-25     Completed Date:  2007-11-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214379     Medline TA:  Arch Gerontol Geriatr     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  307-18     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Psychology, University of Granada, Campus de Cartuja s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cognition / physiology*
Educational Status
Life Style
Middle Aged
Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*

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