The Complexities of Cognitive Impairment and the Process of Aging

  • Brad Crenshaw
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


The topic of this chapter is cognitive impairment among elderly men and women. My attempt has been first to introduce some of the complexities involved in conceptualizing cognitive deficits in this population, and then to proceed systematically to identify the prominent categories of intellectual disturbances. In general, there are two broad divisions: those cognitive disorders that are reversible, such as pseudodementia or the effects of treatable medical conditions, and those cognitive disorders that are irreversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Korsakoff’s syndrome.


Cognitive Impairment Senile Dementia Retrograde Amnesia American Geriatrics Society Orbital Frontal Cortex 
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  • Brad Crenshaw
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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