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Determinants of cognitive performance among community dwelling older adults in an impoverished sub-district of Sao Paulo in Brazil

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Soares, Leticia Maria ; Cachioni, Meire [1] ; da Silva Falcao, Deusivania Vieira [1] ; Tavares Batistoni, Samila Satler [1] ; Lopes, Andrea [1] ; Neri, Anita Liberalesso ; Yassuda, Monica Sanches [1, 2]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Sch Arts Sci & Humanities, BR-05508 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, UNICAMP, Fac Ciencias Med, Comissao Posgrad, BR-13083887 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS; v. 54, n. 2, p. E187-E192, MAR-APR 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 5

Determinants of cognitive performance in old age have received limited attention in Latin America. We investigated the association of socio-demographic and health-related variables with cognitive performance in a sample of older adults with limited educational experience living in a poor subdistrict of the city of Sao Paulo. This was a cross-sectional population-based study which included a sample of 384 seniors 65 years and older. Cognition was assessed by the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Brief Cognitive Screening Battery (BCSB) (episodic memory test with 10 pictures, verbal fluency (VF), Clock Drawing Test (CDT)). Results indicated that age, sex, schooling, depressive symptoms, and systolic blood pressure (SBP) level had a significant impact on the cognitive performance of the sample. Therefore, pharmacological and psychosocial interventions with a focus on improving mood and controlling hypertension may have beneficial effects on cognition among seniors with similar socio-demographic characteristics. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/00110-0 - Cognitive aging: neuropsychological instruments and cognitive training
Grantee:Monica Sanches Yassuda
Support type: Regular Research Grants