Cognitive Profiles of Elder Adult Protective Services Clients Living in Squalor

Whitley W. Aamodt, Katherine A. Terracina, Jason E. Schillerstrom

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether squalor-dwelling Adult Protective Services (APS) clients were more cognitively impaired than non–squalor-dwelling APS clients referred for decision-making capacity assessments. The authors performed a retrospective medical record review of neuropsychological and demographic data gathered during decisional capacity assessments. Squalor dwelling was defined by unsanitary living conditions that posed a danger to the occupant’s health or safety. Mean neuropsychological test scores were compared between squalor-dwelling (n = 50) and non–squalor-dwelling (n = 180) subjects. Squalor-dwelling clients were significantly younger than non–squalor-dwelling clients. There were no distribution differences among gender, education, race, or rural-dwelling status. Although both groups performed poorly on each neuropsychological measure, squalor dwellers demonstrated better memory and general cognitive performance. Cognition, depression, gender, race, education, dementia diagnosis, and rural-dwelling status seem insufficient to explain squalor-dwelling behaviors. Other biological and psychosocial variables should be considered.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)65-73
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Volumen27
N.º1
DOI
EstadoPublished - ene 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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