This study was to investigate the effects of individual and district-level socioeconomic status (SES) on the development of cognitive impairment among the elderly. A 3-year retrospective observational analysis (2010-2013) was conducted which included 136,217 community-dwelling healthy elderly who participated in the Seoul Dementia Management Project. Cognitive impairment was defined as 1.5 standard deviations below the norms on the Mini-mental status examination. In the individual lower SES group, the cumulative incidence rate (CIR) of cognitive impairment was 8.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], 8.64-8.70), whereas the CIR in the individual higher SES group was 4.1% (95% CI, 4.08- 4.10). The CIR for lower district-level SES was 4.7% (95% CI, 4.52-4.86), while that in the higher district-level SES was 4.3% (95% CI, 4.06-4.44). There were no additive or synergistic effects between individual and district-level SES. From this study, the individual SES contributed 1.9 times greater to the development of cognitive impairment than the district-level SES, which suggests that individual SES disparities could be considered as one of the important factors in public health related to cognitive impairment in the elderly.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Korean Medical Science|
|State||Published - 1 Sep 2017|
- Cognitive impairment
- District-level SES
- Individual SES