Sex-Influenced Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Li Chung Pien, Hsiu Ting Tsai, Wan Ju Cheng, Yohanes Andy Rias, Kuei Ru Chou, Su Ru Chen

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Abstract

The current study aimed to explore sex-influenced risk factors for cognitive impairment among community-dwelling older adults in Taiwan. This cross-sectional study was a secondary analysis using a population-based design. We accessed and analyzed data from the Taiwan Longitudinal Study on Aging survey of 2011. Participants were older adults aged ≥55 years living in non-indigenous townships. A total of 3,392 community-dwelling older adults were included. Results showed that the prevalence of cognitive impairment in females and males was 15.3% and 5.7%, respectively. Having a low educational level and being single (i.e., single, widowed, or divorced) were risk factors for cognitive impairment in both sexes. Males who had more than two chronic diseases had a higher risk of cognitive impairment. Self-reported hearing loss and depression increased risk of cognitive impairment in older females. Older age, lower educational level, and single marital status were associated with cognitive impairment among community-dwelling older adults in Taiwan. The effects of self-reported hearing loss, depression, and chronic disease on cognitive impairment were influenced by sex. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 48(6), 19-25.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

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