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Secular Changes in Cognitive Trajectories: A Comparison of Birth Cohorts Followed Between 70 and 79 Years of Age
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0091-2005
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013, E-ISSN 1758-5341, Vol. 55, no Suppl. 2, p. 309-310Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
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A largely preserved cognition is a prerequisite for everyday-life functioning and wellbeing in old age. In this study we evaluate birth cohort differences as a contextual factor for level and rate of cognitive change from age 70 to 79 based on comparisons of two age-homogenous birth cohorts born 30 years apart (i.e. in 1901-02 and 1930). Data was drawn from the Gerontological and Geriatric Population Studies in Gothenburg, Sweden (H70, N=1176) including three repeated follow-up measures using a similar cognitive battery at each occasion. Our main finding, in line with previous reports is that of a substantial increase in average performance across cognitive measures in favor of the later born cohort. However, the 1930 born cohort also exhibited a tendency toward a steeper average rate of decline. Further evaluation of moderating and mediating effects of birth cohort differences in cognitive functioning will be discussed. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved.

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Cary, NC: Oxford University Press, 2015. Vol. 55, no Suppl. 2, p. 309-310
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29896DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnv609.05ISI: 000374222701579OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-29896DiVA, id: diva2:877340
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GSA 2015, “Aging as a lifelong Process”, Orlando, FL, USA
Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2024-05-24Bibliographically approved

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