NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF AGING

Second cycle degree in NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: GIORGIA CONA

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: The student should ideally possess notions of neuroscience and neuropsychology. English knowledge is also recommended.
Examination methods: The exam will be written, with multiple-choice questions and open questions (short responses), and it will take place in rooms with specially-equipped computers.
Course unit contents: The course will be subdivided in three main parts:
The first part will focus on healthy aging and will deal with:
- principal theories and models
- changes in specific cognitive functions (e.g., memory, executive functions) and in the neural mechanisms associated with such functions
- problems occurring with advanced age (e.g., anxiety, depression, insomnia, changes in personality traits)
- cognitive reserve and prevention of cognitive decline
- pharmacological interactions with cognitive functioning

The second part of the course will deal with different aspects of pathological aging, which are the characterization, assessment and intervention of diseases, such as:
- Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
- Dementias (e.g., Alzheimer, Parkinson, fronto-temporal)
- Cognitive impairment associated with cerebrovascular pathologies
- Hepatic Encephalopathy

The third part will involve the study and practice of the most commonly used neuropsychological tools and of the guidelines designed for the evaluation, differential diagnosis and the management of the diseases associated with aging.