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OLIVEIRA, Camila Rosa de et al. Assessing cognition in elderly who use alcohol. Aletheia [online]. 2016, vol.49, n.1, pp. 101-109. ISSN 1413-0394.

Alcohol use relates to cognitive impairments. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate the effects of current alcohol consumption in the cognition of neurologically preserved elderly. The sample comprised 174 community elderly, recruited by convenience, distributed in two groups: 1) presence and 2) absence of current alcohol use. Participants responded the social demographic data sheet, the Mini Mental State Examination, Wisconsin Card Sorting Test - 64 Card Version, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, third edition, subtests, and the 15-Item Geriatric Depression Scale. When controlling the effects of age and education in univariate analyses, elderly who had current alcohol use presented more Perseverative Errors inWCST-64 (p = 0.044). These findings highlight the relevance of investigating the topic in new studies.

Keywords : Aging; Elderly; Cognition; Alcohol drinking patterns; Alcoholism.

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