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Cognitive Test Performance in a Community-Based Nondemented Elderly Sample in Rural India: The Indo-U.S. Cross-National Dementia Epidemiology Study

  • Mary Ganguli (a1) (a2), Vijay Chandra (a2) (a3), Joanne E. Gilby (a1), Graham Ratcliff (a1) (a4), Sujatha D. Sharma (a3), Rajesh Pandav (a3), Eric C. Seaberg (a2) and Steven Belle (a2) (a5)...


Interpretation of cognitive test performance among individuals from a given population requires an understanding of cognitive norms in that population. Little is known about normative test performance among elderly illiterate non-English-speaking individuals. An age-stratified random sample of men and women, aged 55 years and older, was drawn from a community-based population in the rural area of Ballabgarh in northern India. These Hindi-speaking individuals had little or no education and were largely illiterate. A battery of neuropsychological tests, specially adapted from the CERAD neuropsychological battery, which was adminstered to this sample, is described. Subjects also underwent a protocol diagnostic examination for dementia. Norms for test performance of 374 nondemented subjects on these tests are reported across the sample and also by age, gender, and literacy.


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International Psychogeriatrics
  • ISSN: 1041-6102
  • EISSN: 1741-203X
  • URL: /core/journals/international-psychogeriatrics
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