ORIGINAL ARTICLE: EPIDEMIOLOGY, CLINICAL PRACTICE AND HEALTH
Relationship between dual-task performance and neurocognitive measures in older adults with mild cognitive impairment
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
© 2012 Japan Geriatrics Society
Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 314–321, April 2013
How to Cite
Makizako, H., Doi, T., Shimada, H., Yoshida, D., Takayama, Y. and Suzuki, T. (2013), Relationship between dual-task performance and neurocognitive measures in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 13: 314–321. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0594.2012.00898.x
- Issue published online: 2 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2012
- Accepted for publication 6 May 2012.
- executive functioning;
- mild cognitive impairment;
- reaction time
Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between dual-task performance and neurocognitive measures in community-dwelling older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Methods: A total of 98 subjects (mean age 74.8 years, 52.0% female) participated in the study. We compared 36 participants with amnestic MCI (aMCI) with 62 participants with non-amnestic MCI (non-aMCI) on dual-task performance as measured by reaction time responses. The relationships between dual-task performance and multiple domains of neurocognitive functions, including general cognitive function, visual memory, working memory, executive function and processing speed, were examined.
Results: Although there were no statistically significant group differences in simple reaction times (P = 0.734), the aMCI group showed significantly slower dual-task reaction times than the non-aMCI group (P = 0.012). Using multiple regression analysis, we found that there was a significant relationship between executive function and dual-task reaction times (β = 0.298, P = 0.006).
Conclusion: These results showed that aMCI subjects showed a specific deficit in dual-task performance compared with non-aMCI subjects, and poor dual-task performance was associated with declines in executive function in older people with MCI. Future longitudinal and interventional studies should investigate the use of dual-task testing with varying levels of cognitive demand in older adults at risk of dementia. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2013; 13: 314–321.