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Subjective memory assessment and test performance in elderly adults.
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PMID:  3700988     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The everyday memory of a group of elderly adults was assessed using techniques developed for use with younger head-injured people (Sunderland et al., 1983). The participants completed a memory questionnaire and a daily checklist; their spouses gave their assessment using a separate questionnaire. These subjective methods showed only moderate agreement, and the questionnaire had low test-retest reliability. It appears that these methods of subjective memory assessment have little validity when used with normal elderly adults. Two positive findings did emerge: As in previous studies, a story recall test was the strongest predictor of reported memory performance; and despite a universal belief among elderly adults that their memory had deteriorated with age, very few of them felt that they were at all handicapped by forgetfulness in everyday life.
A Sunderland; K Watts; A D Baddeley; J E Harris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gerontology     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0022-1422     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol     Publication Date:  1986 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-05-30     Completed Date:  1986-05-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374762     Medline TA:  J Gerontol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  376-84     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Intelligence Tests
Mental Recall
Middle Aged
Pattern Recognition, Automated

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