Black and white differences in cognitive function test scores: What explains the difference?

Kala M. Mehta, Eleanor M. Simonsick, Ronica Rooks, Anne B. Newman, Sandra K. Pope, Susan M. Rubin, Kristine Yaffe

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Abstract

Several studies have reported that older black and Latino adults have lower cognitive function test scores than older white adults, but few have comprehensively examined reasons for score differences. This study evaluates whether differences in health and socioeconomic indicators, including literacy level, can explain differences in cognitive function test scores between older black and white adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2120-2127
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume52
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Dementia
  • Ethnicity
  • Literacy
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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