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Cognitive gains of later life are important clinically

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7382 (Published 15 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7382
  1. Stephanie Robinson, registrar1
  1. 1Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  1. SRobinson{at}rcsi.ie

Richards and Hatch recognise that simultaneous growth in and loss of cognitive ability occur at all ages.1 Growth is harder to measure than loss in later life largely because the psychometric instruments were developed to detect disability in younger people. Similarly, an early use of IQ tests was to show …

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