Successful aging and dementia. Topics that don’t typically go together, but topics that lots of us are talking about. While the term “anti-aging” may be out of favor these days, the concept of “successful aging” connotes health and youthful vitality. Dementia, on the other hand, connotes loss: short-term memory loss, diminished autonomy, and eventually the loss of what makes you you.
I’ve been wondering lately about what successful aging really means. Does having dementia disqualify you from successful aging? Or can you still age successfully, even if a disease like Alzheimer’s erodes your brain cells? This post summarizes my research and offers a personal reflection on successful aging and dementia. [Read more…] about Successful aging and dementia: can you have both?