Population Care

IOM releases report on cognitive aging

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in April released a report on cognitive aging. The study examines cognitive aging, a natural process associated with advancing years. The IOM committee was charged with assessing the public health dimensions of cognitive aging with an emphasis on definitions and terminology, epidemiology and surveillance, prevention and intervention, education of health professionals, and public awareness and education.

Included with the study are:

  • An action guide for clinicians caring for elderly patients
  • A summary of core competencies for health care professionals who treat older adults
  • A list of assessment, practice guideline and patient education resources