Age-Related Cognitive Decline and the Dementia Threshold

  • Friedel M. Reischies
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


There is unanimous evidence that increased age is associated with lower cognitive functioning. Almost everyone knows older persons who are slow and forgetful. The term age-related cognitive decline (ARCD) has been coined for this, but several other names are established (for diagnostic issues, see Blackford & La Rue, 1989). And because in old age the prevalence of dementia also increases steeply (Jorm, Korten, & Henderson, 1987; Wernicke & Reischies, 1994), it is tempting to speculate about an intimate, if not a causal, relationship between the two.


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  • Friedel M. Reischies
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  1. 1.Psychiatric ClinicFreie UniversitätBerlinGermany

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