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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.
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, 309-310 p.Article 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, 309-310 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29896DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnv609.05ISI: 000374222701579OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-29896DiVA: 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: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved

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