AUSTRALIAN COHORT AND LONGITUDINAL STUDIES
 

 

 

Koori Growing Old Well study

Study aims

To determine the prevalence of dementia, dementia sub-types and cognitive impairment in urban Indigenous people aged 60 years and over

To examine potential associations and risk factors

To translate findings into Aboriginal community capacity building, services, prevention of dementia, and extension of lifespan

Status

Ongoing

Year commenced

2010

No. follow up

Follow-up planned 2014-6

Timeframes

Cross sectional data collection 2010-2, follow up 2014-6

Baseline sample size

Study Census Contacts 546; Participants 336 (62%)

Sampling

Aboriginal total population census 60 years of age and over and their carers/family informants from five representative urban Aboriginal communities in NSW with 62% response rate

Gender

Both – F:M 60%:40%

Content

Demographic, lifespan social & biological risk factors, service use, cognition, general health, diagnoses; medical; neurological

Data collection

Interview, cognitive screening instruments - Modified Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool (mKICA); MMSE; RUDAS; medical & neurological assessment

Type of dementia

Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, dementia due to head trauma, FTD, DLB, mixed dementia, alcohol related dementia, MCI – amnestic; non-amnestic

Cognitive assessment

Below cut-off on one or more screening instruments (171) plus 20% above cut-off (26) received - medical; Addenbrooke Cognitive Examination; logical memory, trails etc; informant history & Cambridge Behavioural Inventory; ADL/IADL

Location of research

NSW

Contact person

Holly Mack

Contact details

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Web address

neura.edu.au/aboriginal-ageing

Funding agencies

NHMRC project grant, DCRC, Alzheimer’s Australia

Data availability

Contact Study Manager, Holly Mack