How Can Society Assist Successful Aging?

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Introduction Brandon Mull in his fantastical novel ‘Fablehaven’ accurately describes ‘the curse of mortality’. “You spend the first portion of your life learning, growing stronger, more capable. And then, through no fault of your own, your body begins to fail. You regress. Strong limbs become feeble, keen senses grow dull, hardy constitutions deteriorate. Beauty withers. Organs quit. You remember yourself in your prime, and wonder where that person went. As your wisdom and experience are peaking, your traitorous body becomes a prison.” This curse of mortality causes great anxiety and grief in many individuals in their later stages of life. With an aging population, and life expectancy higher than it has ever been, a question remains - how…show more content…
B1 To determine whether or not brain training can successfully assist in successful aging, one must define what successful aging is. Successful aging can be defined as “low probability of disease and disease-related disability, high cognitive and physical functional capacity, and active engagement with life” (Rowe & Kahn, 1997). These elements are all interrelated and provide an individual with choice and independence in their later stages of life. A crucial element for successful aging is high cognitive capacity, however it is a known fact that cognitive decline is a normal part of aging (Ball, 2004). From early adulthood, individuals start showing signs of decline in important cognitive domains such as reasoning, processing speed and short term memory. These cognitive domains underpin a high cognitive capacity and heavily impact the daily activities of an aging population. Regular tasks such as driving, doing the groceries,banking, handling medication and cooking require a substantial level of cognitive functioning and without it, an aging population becomes dependent on the society around it to support them. With an aging population across the globe and life expectancy reaching new heights, a question must be addressed - how do we as a society help our family members, neighbours, work colleagues and friends age successfully. Copious amounts of attention and resources, and rightfully so is given to researching cures
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