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BACKGROUND Although several risk factors for cognitive decline have been identified, much less is known about factors that predict maintenance of cognitive function in advanced age. METHODS We studied 2,509 well-functioning black and white elders enrolled in a prospective study. Cognitive function was measured using the Modified Mini-Mental State(More)
OBJECTIVES To define clinically relevant cutpoints for usual gait speed and to investigate their predictive value for health-related events in older persons. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. PARTICIPANTS Three thousand forty-seven well-functioning older persons (mean age 74.2). MEASUREMENTS Usual(More)
Patients with major depression have elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines. We examined the link between inflammatory markers and depressed mood in a community-based sample of older people. Data are from 3024 well-functioning older persons, 70-79 years of age, participating in the Health, Aging and Body Composition study. Depressed mood was defined as a(More)
BACKGROUND Although muscle strength and mass are highly correlated, the relationship between direct measures of low muscle mass (sarcopenia) and strength in association with mortality has not been examined. METHODS Total mortality rates were examined in the Health, Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study in 2292 participants (aged 70-79 years, 51.6%(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammation plays an important role in cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study is to investigate the predictive value of several inflammatory markers on the incidence of cardiovascular events in well-functioning older persons. METHODS AND RESULTS The subjects were 2225 participants 70 to 79 years old, without baseline cardiovascular(More)
BACKGROUND Emerging evidence indicates an association between cognitive function and physical performance in late life. This study examines the relationship between cognitive function and subsequent gait speed decline among high-functioning older adults. METHODS Measures of global cognitive function (Modified Mini Mental State Examination [3MS]) and(More)
Telomere shortening is a marker of cellular aging and has been associated with risk of Alzheimer's disease. Few studies have determined if telomere length is associated with cognitive decline in non-demented elders. We prospectively studied 2734 non-demented elders (mean age: 74 years). We measured cognition with the Modified Mini-Mental State Exam (3MS)(More)
BACKGROUND Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is an emerging marker of biological age. Chronic inflammatory activity is commonly proposed as a promoter of biological aging in general, and of leukocyte telomere shortening in particular. In addition, senescent cells with critically short telomeres produce pro-inflammatory factors. However, in spite of the(More)
BACKGROUND Several lines of evidence suggest that inflammatory mechanisms contribute to AD. OBJECTIVE To examine whether several markers of inflammation are associated with cognitive decline in African-American and white well-functioning elders. METHODS The authors studied 3,031 African-American and white men and women (mean age 74 years) enrolled in(More)
The object of this study was to establish the association between the metabolic syndrome and oxidized LDL (oxLDL) and to determine the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in relation to the metabolic syndrome and levels of oxLDL. OxLDL was measured in plasma from 3,033 elderly participants in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition study. The metabolic(More)