Lifelong Reading Disorder and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Implications for Diagnosis

Brian K. Lebowitz, Cheryl Weinstein, Alexa Beiser, Sudha Seshadri, Philip A. Wolf, Sandford Auerbach, Rhoda Au

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Although neuropsychological tests are commonly used in the evaluation of possible mild cognitive impairment (MCI), poor test scores may be indicative of factors other than neurological compromise. The current study assessed the role of lifelong reading disorder on MCI classification. Community dwelling older adults with a suspected developmental reading disorder were identified by inference based on reading test performance. Individuals with a suspected reading disorder were significantly more likely to perform at a level consistent with MCI on several commonly used neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest a relationship between a history of reading disorder and MCI classification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • cognition
  • dyslexia
  • learning disorders
  • memory disorders
  • mild cognitive impairment
  • neuropsychological tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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