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The Aging Intellect


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Maximizing Intellectual Powers in the 3rd Age of Life. How Health Affects the Intellect. How the Mind Ages. Health Lifestyle Habits Benefiting the Aging Body and Mind. Direct Actions that Benefit the Intellect. Optimal Cognitive Aging. Normal Cognitive Aging. High-risk Cognitive Aging. What I've Learned About the Aging Intellect. Glossary of Terms.

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Douglas H. Powell, Ed.D., ABPP, is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a Consultant in Psychology at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. He has worked with older people as a therapist, teacher and researcher for more than two decades. Author of two previous books on aging, he is also the co-author of MicroCog, a computerized test designed to diagnose mild cognitive impairment. The Aging Intellect evolved from the author's lecture notes for students in his classes at Harvard and at Florida Gulf Coast University.


"As we extend our life spans through healthy living, we sense a growing vulnerability to cognitive impairment with each passing birthday. Harvard psychologist Douglas Powell asserts in an important new book that individuals are not pwoerless in the face of these anxieties. The author offers helpful, specific, evidence-based recommendations. The book's intended audience includes professionals, caregivers, and 3rd Agers who realize they are not aging optimally and want to do something about it. Accessible yet thorough, The Aging Intellect is a marvelous resource for boomers and non-boomers alike." - Paul Efthim, Ph.D., licensed psychologist in private practice in Brookline, MA, faculty at Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, in the New England Psychologist August/September 2011

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