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Cognitive impairment among institutionalized elderly individuals in Mysore, South India

Authors:

Sharon Shatananda ,

JSS University, IN
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PhD Scholar, Department of Psychiatry,

JSS Medical College Hospital,

Ramanuja Road, Mysore

Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Neha Leister,

Bindu Annigeri,

Satyanarayana Rao,

L S Manickam

Abstract

Introduction

Identifying cognitive impairment in the elderly at an early stage has attained greater momentum in view of the increasing aged population in India. Different tools which are simple to administer as well as complex neuropsychological tests are available for assessment. RUDAS has been found to be useful in different contexts.

Method

A sample of 62 persons (29-men and 33-women) above the age of 60 was administered RUDAS and 31 of them had a score of ≥ 23 and an equal number had scores below the cut off score.

Results

It was found that the total score as well as the sub score of visuo-constructional drawing of RUDAS were correlated with number of years of schooling.

Conclusion

RUDAS may be used as an effective tool to identify the persons with cognitive impairment at an early age.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v4i2.5267

How to Cite: Shatananda, S. et al., (2014). Cognitive impairment among institutionalized elderly individuals in Mysore, South India. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 4(2), pp.25–28. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v4i2.5267
Published on 18 Feb 2014.
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