Cognition, aging, and disabilities: Conceptual issues

Soo Borson

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This article reviews normative changes in cognition that are observed across the adult life span and considers how specific disabilities may interact with aging processes to increase functional decline in later life. Disabling conditions that directly affect the brain are contrasted with those that do not. The goal is twofold: to create a framework for thinking about how cognitive changes, aging, and disability may interact to help explain individual differences in coping, and to promote the inclusion of cognition in a comprehensive approach to assessment and care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-382
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported, in part, by a grant from the Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research ( H133B080024 ). The contents of this article do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education and the reader should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


  • Cognitive decline
  • Executive dysfunction
  • Normal aging


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