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By Linda S. Carozza

Conversation and getting older: artistic techniques to enhancing the standard of existence offers an summary of other ways used to enhance the standard of lifetime of people with long term power communique ailments linked to getting older and neurogenic ailments. this article examines how pros can encourage and enhance courses that let sufferers to reside effectively with their problems. -- from back  Read more...

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2008; Radvansky & Dijkstra, 2007; Miller & Stine-Morrow, 1998). Older readers, for example, spend less time processing final words of sentences once they draw on the basic knowledge indicated in the text (Sharkey & Sharkey, 1987). Faster processing time is also demonstrated when the concepts in the text and the reader’s knowledge base overlap (Miller & Stine-Morrow, 1998; Sharkey & Sharkey, 1987). , text contains contradictory or new information), text processing time is increased (Miller, 2003).

Of equal importance is current information regarding the psychological aspects of aging. Morgan (2004) describes the two main parameters that have been examined on psychometric evaluations. Speed of processing (or reaction times) has been evaluated along with general intellectual performance (cognitive assessment). Understanding how these may change in aging can contribute to constructive interventions. As an example, stress can increase reaction time and this factor is seen in the biological study reported by Morgan (2004).

Other Considerations According to Semsei (2000), in the article “On the Nature of Aging,” a universal push to explain how people age has appeared in the research literature for many years, but with greatly increased attention recently. Since human beings show a generally similar pattern of age-related decline, aging was presumed to be the result of a single cause. Further thinking proposed several distinct theories, one being that the body is preprogrammed to deteriorate (program theory) and the other that multiple errors of metabolic patterns result in biologic disregulation; and that this is the primary mechanism for aging (error theory).

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