This chapter will provide an overview of language in the sunset years of life by discussing various views of ageing and inevitable cognitive decline as neurons die and the brain loses its ability to regenerate neural circuits. The chapter will also review global literature on the brain in ageing and dementia, especially mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), based primarily on Western research. The chapter will further discuss these issues with respect to the cultures and languages of Greater China, of which much less is known. There has been some consensus on the relevant genes and the molecular bases for learning and remembering, especially with respect to critical periods. Finally, the chapter will conclude with a discussion of current efforts in early diagnosis and intervention.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis - Balkema|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)
- Social Sciences(all)