The China longitudinal ageing study: overview of the demographic, psychosocial and cognitive data of the Shanghai sample

Xiao, Shifu, Lewis, Matthew, Mellor, David, Mc Cabe, Marita, Byrne, Linda, Wang, Tao, Wang, Jinghua, Zhu, Minjue, Cheng, Yan, Yang, Cece and Dong, Shuhui 2016, The China longitudinal ageing study: overview of the demographic, psychosocial and cognitive data of the Shanghai sample, Journal of mental health, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 131-136, doi: 10.3109/09638237.2015.1124385.

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Title The China longitudinal ageing study: overview of the demographic, psychosocial and cognitive data of the Shanghai sample
Author(s) Xiao, Shifu
Lewis, Matthew
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Mc Cabe, Marita
Byrne, LindaORCID iD for Byrne, Linda
Wang, Tao
Wang, Jinghua
Zhu, Minjue
Cheng, Yan
Yang, Cece
Dong, Shuhui
Journal name Journal of mental health
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 131
End page 136
Total pages 7
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1360-0567
Keyword(s) anxiety
Summary BACKGROUND: China's ageing population will lead to increased neurodegenerative illness and age-related mental health problems. AIMS: The Chinese Longitudinal Ageing Study has been developed to better understand the impact of ageing on cognition and mental health. An overview of the sample, major diagnoses and results of the first wave of data collection is presented. METHOD: One thousand and sixty-eight elderly Chinese (42.2% male), mean age of 72.8 years (SD = 8.5) completed a comprehensive cognitive, psychosocial and mental health assessment. RESULTS: Mean MMSE score was 24.73 (SD = 6.17). Primary generalised anxiety was detected in 0.4% of the sample. Sub-clinical depression and depressive disorder were diagnosed in 1.7% and 2.4% of the sample, respectively. Most (84.5%) reported subjective memory decline, however 66.5% had no cognitive impairment. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) was detected in 25%, Alzheimer's disease (AD) in 4.7%, vascular dementia in 2.5%, and mixed dementia in 1.3%. Cognition was worse in those 85+ years, but affective disorder rates were not. CONCLUSION: Higher rates of dementia were detected than previously reported in China. Normative data is presented for common cognitive and mental health assessment and screening tasks in a Chinese population. This suggests that the true incidence of dementia has been underestimated, and requires further investigation.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/09638237.2015.1124385
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
1103 Clinical Sciences
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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