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Subjective forgetfulness in a normal Dutch population: possibilities for health education and other interventions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9697554     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many, especially elderly people, are worried about their diminishing memory. In order to be able to improve health education activities about forgetfulness and aging processes, nearly 2000 healthy Dutch people, aged 25-85 years, participated in a postal survey into the determinants of subjective forgetfulness. As expected, there was a systematic increase in the prevalence of forgetfulness with age. The relatively high prevalence of forgetfulness in the young (29%) and middle-aged groups (34%) was unexpected. Besides age, the occurrence of dementia in a close relative appeared to be a strong predictor of people's subjective forgetfulness. Furthermore, people who felt more in control of their memory functioning reported less forgetfulness. Younger people ascribed their forgetfulness mostly to external causes (stress, concentration) and older people to internal causes (age, retardation). Eleven percent of all forgetful people were interested in an intervention for their memory complaints. In this group, education (37%), memory training (29%), and medication (12%) were the preferred interventions. No differences were found between older and younger respondents.
C J Commissaris; R W Ponds; J Jolles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0738-3991     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  1998 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-04-22     Completed Date:  1999-04-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-32     Citation Subset:  N    
Maastricht Brain and Behavior Institute, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Age Factors
Aged / psychology*
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health
Health Education / organization & administration*
Memory Disorders / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control*
Middle Aged
Needs Assessment
Netherlands / epidemiology
Risk Factors

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