Title: Activity Engagement and Cognitive Performance in Older Adults
Presenter: Alexandria Weaver
Poster Advisor: Susanne Jaeggi
Research Specialization: Human Development in Context
Research supporting cognitive reserve theory suggests that engaging in a variety of cognitive, social, and physical activities may serve as protective factors against age-related changes in mental abilities, especially if the activities are cognitively engaging. Individuals who participate in a variety of cognitive activities have been found to be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Here I explored the relationship between engaging in a variety of activities and cognitive performance amongst healthy older adults between the ages of 65-85. Frequency of cognitive activity engagement was found to significantly predict cognitive performance over social and physical activities. These findings suggest that not all activities may be equal in their potential protective abilities.