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Information processing abilities

September 5, 2016

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Q.  What has been most promising in explaining the crash involvement of elderly drivers?
A.  Information processing abilities.  (Executive functioning)
In planning for a presentation for advisers, it became apparent that advance planning is critical to help clients manage cognitive decline and a key part of that plan is the family.
According to the Mayo Clinic, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an intermediate state between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia.  It can involve problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment that are greater than normal age-related changes.
Executive function, or our ability to analyze a new piece of information by retrieving existing knowledge and processing a response, also declines as we age.
Increasing social isolation in old age makes one more willing to invite the attention of those whose motives are suspect, and makes us less able to recognize when someone is motivated by fraud.
The presentation for advisers uses the desire to remain a safe driver and the freedom it represents.  The same basic solution applied early, can slow and manage the stages of normal aging and dementia.
Albert G. Hehr, Jr., Esq.
(216) 661-7710
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