Subjective Memory Complaints and Cognitive Impairment in Older People

  title={Subjective Memory Complaints and Cognitive Impairment in Older People},
  author={Louise M. Reid and Alasdair M. J. MacLullich},
  journal={Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders},
  pages={471 - 485}
Subjective memory complaints (SMCs) are common in older people and are often thought to indicate cognitive impairment. We reviewed research on the relationship between SMCs and (a) current cognitive function, (b) risk of future cognitive decline, and (c) depression and personality. SMCs were found to be inconsistently related to current cognitive impairment but were more strongly related to risk of future cognitive decline. However, SMCs were consistently related to depression and some… 

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