Neuropsychiatric symptoms are associated with disability in cognitively impaired Latino elderly with and without dementia: Results from the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging

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Objective: To examine the relationship between neuropsychiatric symptoms burden and disability in cognitively impaired der Latinos. Methods: Subjects in the cross-sectional study were 95 cognitively impaired (both demented and non-demented) non-institutionalized Latino elderly participating in an epidemiological cohort study and their family caregivers. Care recipient neuropsychiatric symptoms (Neuropsychiatric Inventory) and level of functional impairment (i.e. impairment in activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living) were assessed through interviews with family caregivers. Results: Both NPI total score and NPI depression subscale score were significantly associated with disability before and after controlling for potential confounding variables. The strength of the association between higher neuropsychiatric symptom levels and higher disability was similar for both the cognitively impaired not demented and demented groups. Conclusions: Neuropsychiatric symptoms are associated with increased disability in a community sample of cognitively impaired Latino elderly. More effective identification and treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms may improve functioning in older Latinos and reduce health disparities for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008



  • Cognitively impaired not demented
  • Dementia
  • Disability
  • Latinos
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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