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The effects of aging on visuospatial attention were investigated with event-related brain potentials (ERPs). A central arrow pointed towards (75% valid cues) or away from (25% invalid cues) the location of upcoming visual targets to which subjects made two choice discriminations. Young and older adults responded faster following valid than invalid cues. The(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate if caregivers are reliable informants concerning memory deficits in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). DESIGN Responses of caregivers of patients with probable AD and responses of healthy control subjects on a standardized memory questionnaire were compared with objective measures of cognition (Consortium to Establish a(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of the study was to develop a standardized instrument, the Behavior Rating Scale for Dementia, for rating psychopathology in patients with probable Alzheimer's disease and to conduct a multicenter pilot study of this instrument. METHOD The rating scale was developed collaboratively on the basis of clinical experience and existing(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects, over time, of depressive symptoms in persons with Alzheimer's disease on depression in their family caregivers. In a sample of 353 patients and caregivers, multilevel longitudinal analysis was used to accommodate an observational design in which the number of observation points and the intervals between(More)
Noncognitive behavioral symptoms occurring during the prior week were studied in 34 Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and 21 spousal control subjects via caregiver and patient interviews using the Behavioral Pathology in Alzheimer's Disease Rating Scale and the Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia. Delusional or paranoid features were reported in 13(More)
Visual hallucinations (VH) are the most common hallucinations in Alzheimer's disease (AD), but their relationships with other behavioral symptoms and measures of cognitive performance are unclear. Using the BE-HAVE/AD, a semistructured behavioral inventory, we identified 20/160 AD patients (13%) who were currently having VH. Patients with VH performed worse(More)
Our study was designed to evaluate perceptual ability measured by the Gollin Incomplete Pictures Test (in which subjects identify fragmented pictures of common objects) in Alzheimer Disease. We developed a standardized procedure for administering Gollin's test and compared the performance of 58 Alzheimer patients and 37 elderly controls on the Gollin, two(More)
The authors' main objective was to investigate the relationship between changes in psychopathological, cognitive and activity of daily living (ADL) instrument scores over 12 months in community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD). A secondary objective was to evaluate the validity of dividing the Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR), a global dementia(More)