Longitudinal changes in memory and executive functioning are associated with longitudinal change in instrumental activities of daily living in older adults

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Abstract

Impaired everyday function is a diagnostic criterion for dementia, and a determinant of healthcare utilization and caregiver burden. Although many previous studies have demonstrated a cross-sectional relationship between cognition (particularly executive functions and memory) and everyday function in older adults, very little is known about longitudinal relationships between these domains. This study examined the association between longitudinal change in episodic memory (MEM) and executive functioning (EXEC) and change in everyday function. Participants were a cognitively heterogeneous group of 100 elderly persons including those with normal cognition, as well as those with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. They were followed for an average of 5 years. Random effects modeling showed that change in both MEM and EXEC were independently associated with rate of change in informant-rated instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), even after controlling for age, education, and gender. Findings indicate that declines in MEM and EXEC over time make unique and independent contributions to declines in older adults' ability to function in daily life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-461
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Neuropsychologist
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Everyday function
  • Executive functioning
  • Memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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