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Late life anxiety is associated with decreased memory and executive functioning in community dwelling older adults.
J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Aug; 27(6):567-75.JA

Abstract

This study assessed the degree to which anxiety and depression symptoms are associated with memory and executive functioning among community-dwelling older adults (N=120; M age=74.9 years, SD=7.2 years; 62% women). Participants completed the Geriatric Anxiety Scale, Geriatric Depression Scale, Comorbidity Index, California Verbal Learning Test, Second Edition (CVLT-II), and the Trail Making, Verbal Fluency, and 20 Questions subtests of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS). Multiple regression analyses indicated that anxiety and depression predicted poorer ability to learn new information (CVLT-II, Trials 1-5). Both anxiety and depression predicted performance on the D-KEFS Trail Making test, Number-Letter Switching condition. Anxiety, but not depression, predicted decreased categorization as measured by the D-KEFS 20 Questions, Initial Abstraction Score. Depression but not anxiety, predicted performance on D-KEFS Letter Fluency and Category Fluency. Findings suggest that anxiety and depression have unique relationships with cognitive functioning in community-dwelling older adults.

Authors+Show Affiliations

VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, United States.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23298889

Citation

Yochim, Brian P., et al. "Late Life Anxiety Is Associated With Decreased Memory and Executive Functioning in Community Dwelling Older Adults." Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 27, no. 6, 2013, pp. 567-75.
Yochim BP, Mueller AE, Segal DL. Late life anxiety is associated with decreased memory and executive functioning in community dwelling older adults. J Anxiety Disord. 2013;27(6):567-75.
Yochim, B. P., Mueller, A. E., & Segal, D. L. (2013). Late life anxiety is associated with decreased memory and executive functioning in community dwelling older adults. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(6), 567-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2012.10.010
Yochim BP, Mueller AE, Segal DL. Late Life Anxiety Is Associated With Decreased Memory and Executive Functioning in Community Dwelling Older Adults. J Anxiety Disord. 2013;27(6):567-75. PubMed PMID: 23298889.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Late life anxiety is associated with decreased memory and executive functioning in community dwelling older adults. AU - Yochim,Brian P, AU - Mueller,Anne E, AU - Segal,Daniel L, Y1 - 2012/11/06/ PY - 2012/02/09/received PY - 2012/10/20/revised PY - 2012/10/21/accepted PY - 2013/1/10/entrez PY - 2013/1/10/pubmed PY - 2014/2/5/medline KW - Aging KW - Anxiety KW - Cognition KW - Executive functions KW - Memory KW - Older adults SP - 567 EP - 75 JF - Journal of anxiety disorders JO - J Anxiety Disord VL - 27 IS - 6 N2 - This study assessed the degree to which anxiety and depression symptoms are associated with memory and executive functioning among community-dwelling older adults (N=120; M age=74.9 years, SD=7.2 years; 62% women). Participants completed the Geriatric Anxiety Scale, Geriatric Depression Scale, Comorbidity Index, California Verbal Learning Test, Second Edition (CVLT-II), and the Trail Making, Verbal Fluency, and 20 Questions subtests of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS). Multiple regression analyses indicated that anxiety and depression predicted poorer ability to learn new information (CVLT-II, Trials 1-5). Both anxiety and depression predicted performance on the D-KEFS Trail Making test, Number-Letter Switching condition. Anxiety, but not depression, predicted decreased categorization as measured by the D-KEFS 20 Questions, Initial Abstraction Score. Depression but not anxiety, predicted performance on D-KEFS Letter Fluency and Category Fluency. Findings suggest that anxiety and depression have unique relationships with cognitive functioning in community-dwelling older adults. SN - 1873-7897 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23298889/Late_life_anxiety_is_associated_with_decreased_memory_and_executive_functioning_in_community_dwelling_older_adults_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0887-6185(12)00134-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -