Aging changes in the nervous system slowing of thought memory and thinking is a normal part of aging these changes are not the same in everyone some people have many changes in their nerves and brain tissue others have few changes neurologic signs in older adults in fillit hm rockwood k . Neurocognitive changes in aging cognitive change as a normal process of aging has been well documented in the scientific literature some cognitive abilities such as vocabulary are resilient to brain aging and may even improve with age. Aging in and of itself is a subtle quiet process says marie bernard md deputy director of the national institute on aging if you have a sudden change or if you feel pain that is a . Therefore disorders rather than normal aging are the primary cause of functional loss during old age in many cases the declines that occur with aging may be due at least partly to lifestyle behavior diet and environment and thus can be modified. Normal aging changes in the neurological system with aging decreased blood flow and reduced oxygenation to the brain causes slower transmission of nerve impulses this change causes the elderly to need additional time for motor and sensory tasks involving speed balance coordination and fine motor activities buttoning buttons opening
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