Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
Neurology. 2006 Mar 28;66(6):821-7. Epub 2006 Feb 8.

Leisure activities and the risk of amnestic mild cognitive impairment in the elderly.

Author information

  • 1Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York 10461, USA. jverghes@aecom.yu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the influence of leisure activity participation on risk of development of amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).

METHODS:

The authors examined the relationship between baseline level of participation in leisure activities and risk of aMCI in a prospective cohort of 437 community-residing subjects older than 75 years, initially free of dementia or aMCI, using Cox analysis adjusted for age, sex, education, and chronic illnesses. The authors derived Cognitive and Physical Activity Scales based on frequency of participation in individual activities.

RESULTS:

Over a median follow-up of 5.6 years, 58 subjects had development of aMCI. A one-point increase on the Cognitive (hazard ratio [HR] 0.95, 95% CI 0.91 to 0.99) but not Physical Activities Scale (HR 0.97, 95% CI 0.93 to 1.01) was associated with lower risk of aMCI. Subjects with Cognitive Activity scores in the highest (HR 0.46, 95% CI 0.24 to 0.91) and middle thirds (HR 0.52, 95% CI 0.29 to 0.96) had a lower risk of aMCI compared with subjects in the lowest third. The association persisted even after excluding subjects who converted to dementia within 2 years of meeting criteria for aMCI.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cognitive activity participation is associated with lower risk of development of amnestic mild cognitive impairment, even after excluding individuals at early stages of dementia.

Comment in

PMID:
16467493
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC1415273
Free PMC Article

Images from this publication.See all images (1)Free text

Figure 1
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk