Journal article

Aggregation of Abnormal Memory Scores and Risk of Incident Alzheimer's Disease Dementia: A Measure of Objective Memory Impairment in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment

Nicholas Bradfield, Kathryn A Ellis, Greg Savage, Paul Maruff, Samantha Burnham, David Darby, Nicola T Lautenschlager, Ralph N Martins, Colin L Masters, Stephanie R Rainey-Smith, Joanne Robertson, Christopher Rowe, Michael Woodward, David Ames

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021


OBJECTIVES: The criteria for objective memory impairment in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are vaguely defined. Aggregating the number of abnormal memory scores (NAMS) is one way to operationalise memory impairment, which we hypothesised would predict progression to Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia. METHODS: As part of the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing, 896 older adults who did not have dementia were administered a psychometric battery including three neuropsychological tests of memory, yielding 10 indices of memory. We calculated the number of memory scores corresponding to z ≤ -1.5 (i.e., NAMS) for each participant. Incident diagnosis of AD dementi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Core funding for the AIBL study was provided by Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), whichwas supplemented by in-kind contributions from the study partners (see University of Melbourne, Neurosciences Australia Ltd (NSA), Edith Cowan University (ECU), Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI), Alzheimer's Australia (AA), National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), Austin Health, University of WA (UWA), CogState Ltd., Macquarie University, Hollywood Private Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.