Changes in the Aging Brain: The Influence of Positive and Negative Modifiers

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 10

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This workshop will provide an overview of brain changes that are generally associated with aging, including key differences that are associated with some of the most common pathological processes, such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. The impact of age-related brain changes on cognitive functioning and functional abilities will also be discussed. Finally, this workshop will highlight both negative (e.g., vascular disease) and positive (e.g., cognitive reserve, exercise) modifiers of age-related brain changes. Original webcast date: June 22, 2018.

Learning Objective 1
Identify patterns of brain changes associated with aging and how the patterns differ in common pathological processes

Learning Objective 2
Describe the relationship between brain aging, cognitive functioning, and functional abilities.

Learning Objective 3
Recognize modifiers of age-related brain changes.

Presenter: Vonetta Dotson, PhD


Dr. Dotson is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at Georgia State University. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Florida with a specialization in neuropsychology and a certificate in gerontology. She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program. Her research and clinical activities focus on the intersection of depression with cognitive and brain aging. She also conducts studies on the impact of physical exercise on depression-related cognitive and brain changes in older adults.

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