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Neuropsychological test performance in a cognitively intact sample of older Japanese American adults

TitleNeuropsychological test performance in a cognitively intact sample of older Japanese American adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMcCurry, SM, Gibbons, LE, Uomoto, JM, Thompson, MLou, Graves, AB, Edland, SD, Bowen, J, McCormick, WC, Larson, EB
JournalArchives of Clinical NeuropsychologyArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume16
Pagination447-459
Date PublishedJul
ISBN Number0887-6177<br/>1873-5843
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2001-07140-002
Keywords*Aging, *Asians, *Cognitive Ability, *Cognitive Assessment, *Neuropsychology, age, cognitive test performance, neuropsychology, Japanese American adults, education, gender, primary spoken language, minority culture older adults, Education, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older) Very Old (85 yrs & older), Human Sex Differences, Japan US, Language, Neuropsychological Assessment [2225], Racial and Ethnic Differences
AbstractPresented population-based data showing the effects of age on cognitive test performance in a sample of older Japanese American adults. In addition, the relative effects of education, gender, and primary spoken language were compared to effects that have been reported in the literature for majority culture older adults. Ss included 201 non-demented Japanese American adults (aged 70-101 yrs) currently enrolled in the Kame Project, a prospective study of aging and dementia in King County, Washington. Cognitive tests included the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease neuropsychological assessment battery, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised Digit Span and Digit Symbol subtests, Trail Making Test, Purdue Pegboard, and Finger Tapping. Older age was associated with significantly lower scores on all tests; less than high school education was associated with lower scores on all tests except Digit Span, Finger Tapping, and the Purdue Pegboard. Women and English-speaking Ss scored higher than men and Japanese speakers on various tests of memory, attention, and visuomotor ability. These data reinforce the importance of using appropriately corrected norms when interpreting results of cognitive screening tests with minority culture older adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).
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