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Aging and Gender

  • Jennifer J. Dunkin
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Part of the Issues of Diversity in Clinical Neuropsychology book series (ISSUESDIV)

Introduction

It is now well established that the proportion of adults in the general population who are over the age of 65 is increasing (US Census Bureau, 2004), largely due to improved healthcare and standards of living, which have increased life expectancy. For example, according to the data from the US Census Bureau in 2000, the percentage of persons in the United States over the age of 65 was 12.4%. By the year 2050, this proportion is expected to be 20.7% (US Census Bureau, 2004). Furthermore, the proportion of individuals over the age of 85 is the fastest growing segment of the population, with the change in this age group from the year 2000 to 2050 projected to be an increase of over 300% (US Census Bureau, 2004). As a result, the prevalence of age-related cognitive disorders will increase, making it imperative to continue to focus research efforts on their prevention and treatment. As has been the case in other research areas, only recently investigators have questioned...

Keywords

Hormone Replacement Therapy Cognitive Decline Normal Aging Vascular Dementia Cognitive Aging 
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of California, SDVAHCS Psychology Service 116BSan Diego

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