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Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit
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1.2: Changes During Aging

One way to help dispel the myths of aging is to understand how people change during the aging process.

Physical and Biological Changes  

Dementia

Dementia is a general term characterized by serious memory loss, difficulty with concepts of time and space, problems with speech and hearing, and severe shifts in mood. The two most common types are multi-infarct dementia caused by strokes and dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease. The latter accounts for more than 60 percent of the cognitive function disorders in the aging population.

Not surprisingly, increasing age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Statistics show that:

Social and Emotional Changes  

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