Research Article| Volume 20, ISSUE 3, P126-134, June 2006

Older Adults in the SeniorWISE Study At Risk for Mild Cognitive Impairment

      As part of a larger clinical trial, SeniorWISE™ (Wisdom Is Simply Exploration), this study provides baseline affective, cognitive, and functional ability data and reports on the likely incidence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in a triethnic community sample of older adults (N = 265). Seventy-eight individuals had memory complaints, whereas 105 had none. Of the complainants, 32 had normal memory function and 46 had poor memory performance. Among those without memory complaints, 42 had no memory impairment and 63 had poor memory performance. Forty-six individuals (17%) met the criteria of poor everyday memory functioning and memory complaints whereas 81 (31%) would be considered to be at risk based on other MCI criteria. This pattern of results suggests that those with declining memory are less aware of their deficits in activities of daily living that their actual performance would suggest are occurring.
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