Dr. Lee Fay-Low and a team of researchers have examined the prevalence and increase in number of people with mild cognitive impairment who come from a linguistic minority group. Mild cognitive impairment refers to a state of cognitive decline that although significant, is yet to reach the level at which dementia is defined. Statistics suggest that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are at increased risk of developing cognitive decline than others in the community however there are a number of factors that may influence this figure including how suitable tests may be for people from non-English speaking backgrounds and lifestyle factors such as education.

The study reports that the rates of mild cognitive impairment are two to three times higher for people from a non-English speaking background compared to those from an English-speaking background. The authors detail these findings and discuss their possible implications.

For a copy of the full paper please click the link below:
American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry: Can Mild Cognitive Impairment Be Accurately Diagnosed in English Speakers From Linguistic Minorities? Results From the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study


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