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Vol. 22, No. 5-6, 2006
Issue release date: November 2006
Section title: Review Article
Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2006;22:471–485
(DOI:10.1159/000096295)

Subjective Memory Complaints and Cognitive Impairment in Older People

Reid L.M. · MacLullich A.M.J.
aGeriatric Medicine and bQueen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Review Article

Received: 1/18/2006
Accepted: 3/8/2006
Published online: 11/3/2006

Number of Print Pages: 15
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

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Abstract

Subjective memory complaints (SMCs) are common in older people and are often thought to indicate cognitive impairment. We reviewed research on the relationship between SMCs and (a) current cognitive function, (b) risk of future cognitive decline, and (c) depression and personality. SMCs were found to be inconsistently related to current cognitive impairment but were more strongly related to risk of future cognitive decline. However, SMCs were consistently related to depression and some personality traits, e.g. neuroticism. In conclusion, the determinants of SMCs are complex. The utility of SMCs in the diagnosis of pre-dementia states (e.g. mild cognitive impairment) is uncertain and requires further evaluation.


  

Author Contacts

Alasdair M.J. MacLullich, MRCP, PhD Centre for the Study of the Ageing Brain, University of Edinburgh, Room C3.27 Queen’s Medical Research Institute, 47 Little France Crescent Edinburgh EH16 4TJ (UK) Tel. +44 131 242 6764, Fax +44 131 242 6779, E-Mail a.maclullich@ed.ac.uk

  

Article Information

Accepted: August 3, 2006
Published online: October 16, 2006
Number of Print Pages : 15
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 3, Number of References : 69

  

Publication Details

Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders

Vol. 22, No. 5-6, Year 2006 (Cover Date: November 2006)

Journal Editor: Chan-Palay, V. (New York, N.Y.)
ISSN: 1420–8008 (print), 1421–9824 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DEM


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Review Article

Received: 1/18/2006
Accepted: 3/8/2006
Published online: 11/3/2006

Number of Print Pages: 15
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DEM


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