AUSTRALIAN COHORT AND LONGITUDINAL STUDIES

 

 

Sydney Memory and Ageing Study

Study aims

To examine the clinical characteristics and prevalence of mild cognitive impairment and related syndromes, and to determine the rate of change in cognitive function over time

Status

Ongoing

Year commenced

2005

No. follow up

8

Timeframes

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Baseline sample size

1,087

Sampling

Non-demented individuals aged 70-90 from the Eastern suburbs of Sydney plus informants

Gender

Both

Content

Cognition, medical history, anthropometric, depression, anxiety, apathy, psychological distress, disability, quality of life, mental, social and physical activity, diet, mood, personality, medication, subjective cognitive complaints, service utilization, blood pressure, grip strength, six meter walk, Sit to Stand, activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living

Data collection

Neuropsychological and medical assessments, Blood samples, informant interviews, MRI, Annual telephone interview, bi-annual detailed assessments

Type of dementia

MCI. At follow up waves the sample also includes participants with dementia (mainly AD)

Cognitive assessment

MMSE, GPCOG, logical memory, Benton visual retention test, phonemic & semantic fluency, digit symbol, Boston naming test, Rey auditory verbal learning test, block design, trail making test A & B, grooved pegboard test (only at baseline)

Location of research

Sydney, NSW

Contact person

Dr Simone Reppermund

Contact details

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Web address

cheba.unsw.edu.au/project/sydney-memory-and-ageing-study

Funding agencies

NHMRC Program Grant

Data availability

Contact project leader