Cognition and Aging, Part 1: Cognitive Functioning in Late Life - OT42

Cognition and Aging, Part 1: Cognitive Functioning in Late Life

by Regula H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
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This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)


Although the rate and varied nature of new learning may diminish over time into old age, acquiring new knowledge and skills continues, especially if the volition to continue learning and growing is present. Lower cognitive performance is associated with many factors including lifestyle, fatigue, stress, genetics, and various diseases (several of which are more prevalent among older adults). Serious cognitive changes affecting day-to-day occupational performance are not “normal” and older adults are not “less than” with regard to thinking, learning, and remembering. This course will cover the typical changes of aging related to cognitive performance (i.e., thinking, learning, and memory). It will discuss minor and major changes related to the diagnoses of mild cognitive impairment, mild behavioral impairment, and dementia. These disorders will be compared and contrasted with other disorders that impact cognition, such as depression and delirium.


This goal of this continuing education program is to inform healthcare professionals about cognition and aging. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the typical cognitive changes of aging
  • Identify and describe the primary types of dementia
  • Explain how depression impacts cognition
  • Describe the symptoms of delirium and potential interventions for prevention
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
OT Process: Evaluation

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy and Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # 50-1489).