50 Years of Cognitive Aging Theory

This special edition commemorates the roughly 50  years of theoretical work on cognitive aging. As an Introduction to this issue, we first briefly review cognitive aging efforts prior to the mid-1960s, then describe the mid-1960s as a pivotal point for cognitive aging theory, and finally comment on how the field has evolved since then. Cognitive Aging […]

Europe’s morality crisis: Euthanizing the mentally ill

Once prohibited — indeed, unthinkable — the euthanasia of people with mental illnesses or cognitive disorders, including dementia, is now a common occurrence in Belgium and the Netherlands. This profoundly troubling fact of modern European life is confirmed by the latest biennial report from Belgium’s Federal Commission on the Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia, presented […]

Evaluation of Music and Memory Program

The Music and Memory (M&M) program has been increasingly adopted in nursing homes across the U.S. to support persons with dementia. M&M uses personalized music playlists delivered on digital music players set up and maintained by care staff trained in the program (Music and Memory, 2013). The underlying premise of M&M is that these musical […]