The development of comparison standards for the cognitive measures employed in Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
Change in cognitive functioning is characteristic of normal aging and is evident beginning in mid-life. However, some people exhibit well-maintained cognitive skills into late life and others exhibit early and precipitous decline. Knowing how Canadians of differing characteristics (e.g., men, women) typically perform on measures of cognitive functioning is of great importance for identifying changes associated with medical conditions such as Alzheimer Disease. The presence of cognitive impairment also has implications for quality of life and life satisfaction, marital and other family and social relationships, and work and retirement patterns. The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is collecting detailed information about the performance of people aged 45-85 years on measures of cognitive functioning for English- and French-speaking Canadians. Understanding the factors that affect cognitive functions and having well-developed Canadian comparison standards are extremely important ways that the CLSA data can readily make an impact for Canadians.
Dr. Tuokko is an exceptional scientist and research grant recipient of the 2016 Partnered Quality of Life Grant, co-funded by The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF) and the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC). > Learn more…