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|Title:||The ageing of elderly people.|
|Authors:||Kua, E.H. |
|Citation:||Kua, E.H., Ko, S.M. (1994-08). The ageing of elderly people.. Singapore Medical Journal 35 (4) : 386-389. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of activities of daily living, social resources and incidence of dementia in a cohort of elderly Chinese. DESIGN: This was a longitudinal study which measured changes in a five-year interval. SETTING: The study was conducted in the Henderson district of Singapore at the subjects' homes and at a day centre. SUBJECTS: A random sample of elderly Chinese was selected in 1985 from the electoral roll of the Henderson constituency and reassessed after 5 years. OUTCOME MEASURES: A semi-structured questionnaire adapted from the Older American Resources and Services, and the computerised mental state programme, GMS-AGECAT. RESULTS: There was no apparent change in social resources after 5 years and the majority of the elderly (80.3%) were still living with their families. On activities of daily living, there was a significant decline especially after the age of 75. The incidence of dementia was 2.01%--the rate of Alzheimer's disease was 0.67% and multi-infarct dementia 1.34%. CONCLUSION: The change in performance of activities of daily living after the age of 75 and the low incidence of dementia were similar to studies in Europe and the United States.|
|Source Title:||Singapore Medical Journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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