Cognitive Aging: A Primer

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • A growing body of research shows that cognitive aging reduces the brain’s processing ability, but also increases its stock of useful knowledge.
  • On balance, most workers are able to stay productive through their 50s and 60s and retain the capacity to manage their finances once they retire.
  • Some people, however, are vulnerable to declining performance in the workplace or to making poor financial decisions.
  • Forthcoming briefs will assess these issues in greater depth.