Having psychiatric conditions (such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder) throughout one’s life can lead to faster rates of cognitive decline as one ages. This data slice explores the associations between psychiatric history and cognitive function among U.S. White, Black, and Hispanic adults ages 65 and older from 1995-2014. Findings demonstrate that having a history of psychiatric problems is related to lower cognitive functioning and a faster rate of cognitive decline for all three groups, but Black and Hispanic adults experience steeper declines compared with White adults.
Older Adults, Congitive Declline, Mental Health
Gerontology | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health
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Brown, Maria T. and Mutambudzi, Miriam, "Older Adults with a History of Psychiatric Conditions Experience More Cognitive Decline than Older Adults Without this History" (2023). Population Health Research Brief Series. 228.
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