The purpose of the connected events of the IFA Global Think Tank on Ageing and the IFA Copenhagen Summit is to gain a deeper understanding of potential cognitive reserve models and their benefits.
Finding initiatives that will maintain cognitive function and reduce cognitive decline in older adults is imperative. Peer-reviewed literature generally supports maintaining and increasing cognitive reserve as effective buffers against cognitive ageing. Nonetheless, an increasing list of questions remain unanswered, such as:
- What gaps in knowledge and practice must be addressed to render maintaining and increasing cognitive reserve a viable policy strategy?
- Why should stakeholders, including governments, funding bodies, and caregivers, maintain and increase cognitive reserve?
- How would a successful cognitive reserve model look, and what support would it require?
- What challenges must be overcome to implement a cognitive reserve model?
- What are the global, societal, and individual implications of a cognitive reserve model?
The Think Tank on Ageing is an invitation-only meeting of thought leaders, academics, and practitioners in the field of cognitive ageing and cognitive reserve.
The Think Tank aims to evaluate cognitive reserve as a value-added investment to improve and maintain the capacity of older people.