The montreal cognitive assessment in cognitively-intact elderly: A case for age-adjusted cutoffs

Noga Oren, Galit Yogev-Seligmann, Elissa Ash, Talma Hendler, Nir Giladi, Yulia Lerner

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Abstract

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a widely used screening test for evaluation of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), with a single cutoff for all ages. We examined whether it is associated with age in a sample of cognitively-intact elderly (CIE). The average MoCA score was negatively correlated with age and was significantly higher for younger than older CIE. Additionally, 42% of the older elderly fell below the proposed MCI cutoff score, although all subjects were CIE. Thus, cognitive abilities captured by the MoCA test decrease with age, even in CIE. Therefore, cutoff scores by age for the MoCA are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Aging
  • MCI
  • MOCA
  • cognition
  • screening

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