Katherine A. Gifford

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Research increasingly suggests that subjective cognitive decline (SCD) in older adults, in the absence of objective cognitive dysfunction or depression, may be a harbinger of non-normative cognitive decline and eventual progression to dementia. Little is known, however, about the key features of self-report measures currently used to assess SCD. The(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to compare whether different sources of cognitive complaint (i.e., subjective and informant) predict diagnostic conversion in nondemented older adults. METHODS Participants from the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center had a baseline diagnosis of normal cognition (NC; n = 4414; mean age, 73 ± 8 years; 69%(More)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a neurological injury that can affect the cognitive, emotional, psychological, and physical functioning of an individual. The clinical neuropsychologist working with TBI patients must take a holistic approach when assessing and treating the patient and consider the patient in total, including premorbid and post-incident(More)
Hypertension has adverse effects on cognition, can alter cerebral vasculature integrity, and is associated with the pathogenesis of dementia. Using meta-analysis, we correlated blood pressure to multiple cognitive domains among older adults free of clinical stroke and dementia. We identified 230 studies indexed in PubMed and PsycINFO relating blood pressure(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) biomarkers and stroke risk factors independently predict cognitive impairment, likely through independent disease pathways. However, limited work has sought to describe the dynamic interplay between these important risk factors. This article evaluated the interaction between stroke risk and AD biomarkers on hippocampal volume and(More)
BACKGROUND Subjective cognitive decline (SCD) may indicate unhealthy cognitive changes, but no standardized SCD measurement exists. This pilot study aims to identify reliable SCD questions. METHODS 112 cognitively normal (NC, 76±8 years, 63% female), 43 mild cognitive impairment (MCI; 77±7 years, 51% female), and 33 diagnostically ambiguous participants(More)
BACKGROUND The relation between the source of cognitive complaint and objective cognitive performance is not well understood. OBJECTIVE Examine self and informant cognitive complaint as predictors of objective cognitive and functional trajectory in non-demented elders. METHODS Participants from the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center had a baseline(More)
OBJECTIVE : To determine whether individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) differ from cognitively normal (NC) elders on a risk assessment task and whether participants and their study partners evaluate risk and benefit similarly. DESIGN : Cross-sectional. SETTING : University medical setting. PARTICIPANTS : Seventy-nine participants (NC, n =(More)
BACKGROUND This study examines whether different sources of cognitive complaint (i.e., self and informant) predict Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology in elders with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). METHODS Data were drawn from the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Uniform and Neuropathology Datasets (observational studies) for participants(More)
BACKGROUND A cognitive concern from the patient, informant, or clinician is required for the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI); however, the cognitive and neuroanatomical correlates of complaint are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE We assessed how self-complaint relates to cognitive and neuroimaging measures in older adults with MCI. METHOD MCI(More)