Chapter 22. Stress Systems in Aging – Cognitions and Dementia

  1. Prof. Dr. Bengt B. Arnetz2,3 and
  2. Prof. Rolf Ekman4
  1. Nicole C. Schommer and
  2. Isabella Heuser

Published Online: 21 AUG 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527609156.ch22

Stress in Health and Disease

Stress in Health and Disease

How to Cite

Schommer, N. C. and Heuser, I. (2006) Stress Systems in Aging – Cognitions and Dementia, in Stress in Health and Disease (eds B. B. Arnetz and R. Ekman), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527609156.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Wayne State University, 101 E. Alexandrine, Detroit, Michigan 48201-2011, USA

  2. 3

    Division of Social Medicine, Uppsala University, Uppsala Science Park, Social Medicine, 75185 Uppsala, Sweden

  3. 4

    Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Neurochemical laboratory, Mölndal/SU, 43180 Mölndal, Sweden

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, Charité – Campus Benjamin Franklin, Eschenallee 3, 14050 Berlin, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 AUG 2006
  2. Published Print: 20 JUL 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527312214

Online ISBN: 9783527609154



  • stress in health and disease;
  • stress and the individual;
  • stress systems in aging;
  • endocrine systems;
  • cognitive function;
  • healthy elderly;
  • impact of endocrine stress reactivity;
  • stress dementia


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Overview

  • Endocrine Systems in the Healthy Elderly

    • Basal Activity of the HPA System

    • Stimulated Reactivity of the HPA System

    • DHEA, Estrogen, and Testosterone

      • Dehydroepiandrostendione

      • Estrogen

      • Testosterone

  • Cognitive Function in the Healthy Elderly and Impact of Endocrine Stress Reactivity

  • Stress Systems and Dementia

  • Summary and Conclusion

  • References