Subjective cognitive function and decline among older adults with psychometrically defined amnestic MCI

Michael G. Crowe, Ross Andel, Virginia Wadley, Sarah Cook, Frederick Unverzagt, Michael Marsiske, Karlene Ball

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Objective: To examine the relationship between subjective cognitive function and subsequent cognitive decline among individuals with psychometrically defined amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and to determine whether the presence of depressive symptoms modifies this relationship. Method: Fifty-five individuals met psychometric criteria for amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Cognitive decline was measured using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), which was administered at baseline and at follow-up two years later. Subjective cognitive function was examined using two different one-item memory complaints, as well as a scale focused on current level of cognitive function relative to past function and a scale focused on forgetting in specific everyday situations. Results: In multiple regression analyses, the one-item complaint of change in memory at baseline predicted future cognitive decline. There was a significant interaction effect whereby this association was stronger in participants who endorsed fewer symptoms of depression. Conclusion: Individuals showing memory deficits consistent with amnestic MCI have at least some insight regarding cognitive decline and the extent to which subjective cognitive function is useful in predicting future decline may depend on what particular questions are asked as well as presence of depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1187-1192
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Cognitive decline
  • Depression
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Subjective cognitive function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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