Cognition and Aging, Part 1: Cognitive Functioning in Late Life - SLPA0042

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

by Regula H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
(4.6 / 45 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

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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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists.
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
Regula H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of New England. She has a PhD in the field of gerontology from the University of Massachusetts. She has written and presented extensively in the areas of occupational therapy, behavioral, and cognitive subject matter.
Disclosure: Regula Robnett has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.  

Course Originally Released on: 11/19/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/19/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/31/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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MARIA B - Toano, VA  ·  May 27, 2020
It is very informative and clearly presented.
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Allison D - Louisville, KY  ·  May 12, 2020
Need courses on adult dysphagia, dementia assessment and treatment for SLP's.
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Kristin Marie P - Van Nuys, CA  ·  May 07, 2020
Good summary of information
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valesca S - Miami, FL  ·  Apr 09, 2020
It was very informative and insightful.
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Amy M - Downingtown, PA  ·  Mar 14, 2020
Good information even for family education
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