The Aging Process and Cognitive Capabilities

Tracey E. Rizzuto, Katie E. Cherry and Jared A. LeDoux

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Aging Process and Cognitive Capabilities

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Aging trends worldwide raise awareness for the need to understand the impact of cognitive aging on the work lives and productivity of older adults. By confronting actual and perceptual challenges associated with cognitive aging, organizations can better support this vital workforce segment. This chapter describes the effects of aging on select aspects of cognitive functioning, and reviews research from laboratory and on-the-job studies to address how the performance of job tasks and other life activities may be affected. Various cognitive aging dimensions and their implications for job performance are discussed. In addition, methodological concerns and challenges associated with cognitive aging research are described, along with new directions for successful aging among late-career workers.

Keywords: aging; work; cognition; ageism; job performance; workforce aging

Article.  15110 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Neuropsychology

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