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Sherry Willis Examines Link between Cognitive and Functional Decline in Older Adults

Posted: 8/15/2017 (CSDE Research)

In an article published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, affiliate Sherry Willis and colleagues explore the relationship between declines in cognition and functional abilities in older adults. Willis, Research Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and her co-authors find that self-observed difficulties for older adults in carrying out instrumental daily activities (IADLs) predate and predict declines in memory, processing speed, and reasoning–as measured by cognitive tests. The full article is accessible below.

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