Lifetime intellectual function and satisfaction with life in old age: longitudinal cohort study

A. Gow, M. C. Whiteman, A. Pattie, Lawrence Jeffrey Whalley, I. J. Deary, J. M. Starr

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Abstract

What is successful ageing? Current opinion is that “cognitive vitality is essential to quality of life…in old age.” 1 This depends substantially on people's cognitive ability from early life, 2 and on how much they decline from their cognitive peak in young adulthood. Early cognitive ability also affects physical health and even survival to old age. 2 But surely happiness and satisfaction with life are also key indices of successful ageing. Happiness was described as “the highest good and ultimate motivation for human action” 3; this does not seem to be related to current cognitive ability. 3 Cognitive level in youth and the amount of cognitive change across the lifespan are important indicators of cognitive vitality in old age. We examined a unique data set to investigate whether these factors are associated with people being happier.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-142
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Volume331
Issue number7509
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2005

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Gow, A., Whiteman, M. C., Pattie, A., Whalley, L. J., Deary, I. J., & Starr, J. M. (2005). Lifetime intellectual function and satisfaction with life in old age: longitudinal cohort study. British Medical Journal, 331(7509), 141-142. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38531.675660.F7

Lifetime intellectual function and satisfaction with life in old age : longitudinal cohort study. / Gow, A.; Whiteman, M. C.; Pattie, A.; Whalley, Lawrence Jeffrey; Deary, I. J.; Starr, J. M.

In: British Medical Journal, Vol. 331, No. 7509, 06.07.2005, p. 141-142.

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Gow, A, Whiteman, MC, Pattie, A, Whalley, LJ, Deary, IJ & Starr, JM 2005, 'Lifetime intellectual function and satisfaction with life in old age: longitudinal cohort study', British Medical Journal, vol. 331, no. 7509, pp. 141-142. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38531.675660.F7
Gow, A. ; Whiteman, M. C. ; Pattie, A. ; Whalley, Lawrence Jeffrey ; Deary, I. J. ; Starr, J. M. / Lifetime intellectual function and satisfaction with life in old age : longitudinal cohort study. In: British Medical Journal. 2005 ; Vol. 331, No. 7509. pp. 141-142.
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