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Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging: Behavioral and Social Factors Related to Alzheimer's Disease

On June 12-13, 2017, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS), with support from the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), convened a workshop to advance understanding of the causal pathways linking social and behavioral factors to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The workshop had three objectives: 1)  examine how personality has been convincingly associated with risk for AD, particularly the personality facets of conscientiousness and neuroticism; 2) follow up on the suggestion that a socially integrated and engaged life-style has been associated with slower cognitive decline and a reduced incidence of AD; and 3) examine the role of educational attainment, which is considered to be the most replicated association of a social or behavioral factor and AD. A meeting summary (PDF, 262K) is available.

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