New Developments in Dementia Prevention Research addresses a dearth of knowledge about dementia prevention and shows the importance of considering the broader social impact of certain risk factors, including the role we each play in our own cognitive health throughout the lifespan. The book draws on primary and secondary research in order to investigate the relationship between modifiable factors, including vascular and psychosocial risks, that may affect the incidence of dementia.
Bringing together world-leading expertise from applied science, medicine, psychology, health promotion, epidemiology, health economics, social policy and primary care, the book compares and contrasts scientific and service developments across a range of settings. Each chapter presents these themes in a way that will ensure best practice and further research in the field of dementia prevention is disseminated successfully throughout the world. Perhaps most importantly, chapters also question what type of social responsibility we are prepared to embrace in order to address the challenges inherent in dementia prevalence.
New Developments in Dementia Prevention Research includes contributions from leading authorities in brain health and dementia prevention and provides an essential contribution to the discourse on dementia prevention. It will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students engaged in the study of the psychological and social aspects of aging and dementia.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. From prediction to dementia prevention
Section 1. Established and emerging risk factors
Chapter 3. Lifestyle factors and dementia: smoking, exercise and diet
Chapter 4. Vascular disease-based risk factors for dementia
Chapter 5. Mood and other psychiatric factors
Chapter 6. Cognitive Activity within a Dementia Prevention Hierarchy: The potential Roles of Cognitive Reserve in Detecting, Modifying and Managing Disease Expression
Chapter 7. Sleep problems
Chapter 8. Behaviour change for dementia prevention and risk reduction
Section 2. Social, political and economic aspects
Chapter 9. Existing and future health policy in dementia prevention
Chapter 10. Changing practice in primary care
Chapter 11. The economics of preventing dementia
Chapter 12. Health-economics of dementia prevention using modelling
Chapter 13. Cognitive footprint: a framework to guide public policy
Chapter 14. Conclusion: A Call to Action
In the 21st century, the world’s aging population is growing more rapidly than ever before. This is driving the international research agenda to help older people live better for longer, and to find the causes and cures for chronic diseases, such as dementia. This series provides a forum for the rapidly expanding field by investigating the relationship between the aging process and mental health. It compares and contrasts scientific and service developments across a range of settings, including the mental changes associated with normal and abnormal or pathological aging, as well as the psychological and psychiatric problems of the aging population.
The series encourages an integrated approach between biopsychosocial models and etiological factors to promote better strategies, therapies and services for older people. This will create a strong alliance between the theoretical, experimental and applied sciences to provide an original and dynamic focus, integrating the normal and abnormal aspects of mental health in aging so that theoretical issues can be set in the context of important new practical developments in this field.