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Health Agencies Update
June 23/30, 2015

IOM Report on Cognitive Aging

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JAMA. 2015;313(24):2415. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6577

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in April released a report on cognitive aging that includes an action guide for clinicians caring for elderly patients; a summary of core competencies for health care professionals who treat older adults; and a list of assessment, practice guideline, and patient education resources (

Cognitive aging consists of normal and gradual changes that occur in the brain as a person ages that can affect memory, processing speed, problem solving, learning, and decision making.

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