Is Low Psychomotor Speed a Marker of Brain Vulnerability in Late Life? Digit Symbol Substitution Test in the Prediction of Alzheimer, Parkinson, Stroke, Disability, and Depression.

Is Low Psychomotor Speed a Marker of Brain Vulnerability in Late Life? Digit Symbol Substitution Test in the Prediction of Alzheimer, Parkinson, Stroke, Disability, and Depression. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2019 Aug 29;:1-9 Authors: Amieva H, Meillon C, Proust-Lima C, Dartigues JF Abstract BACKGROUND: Dementia, stroke, depression, and disability are frequent in late life and are major causes of quality of life disruption and family burden. Even though each of these disorders relies on specific pathogenic processes, a common clinical manifestation is psychomotor slowing. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the relevance of a simple marker of low psychomotor speed in predicting several brain outcomes: dementia, Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), stroke, depressive symptoms, and disability in activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental ADL (IADL). METHODS: PAQUID is a population-based study involving 3,777 individuals aged 65 or older prospectively followed-up with repeated clinical evaluations. After 10 years, 437 participants developed dementia, 333 developed AD, 71 developed PD, 207 reported incident stroke, 404 developed disability in ADL, 994 in IADL, and 494 developed depressive symptomology. Psychomotor speed was measured with the digit symbol substitution test (DSST). Cox proportional hazards models controlled for several confounders assessed the risk of incident outcomes. RESULTS: Participants with low DSST performance had in...
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