Pain associates with subjective memory problems and cognition in older Puerto Rican adults

Tyler Reed Bell, Caitlin N. Pope, Brian Downer, Cheyanne Barba, Michael Crowe

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Abstract

This study examined whether pain is associated with subjective memory problems or cognition in Puerto Rican older adults. Participants came from the Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions (PREHCO) study, aged 60 and over (n = 2,144). Analyses examined concurrent and longitudinal associations of pain with subjective memory problems and cognition using a cognitive screener. Overall, participants with pain were more likely to report concurrent subjective memory problems than those without pain. Older adults with pain also exhibited slightly lower concurrent cognition. Novel pain was associated with cognitive decline and greater likelihood of incident subjective memory problems at follow-up. Persistent pain was only related to incident subjective memory problems at follow-up. Pain is associated with cognitive decline and subjective memory problems in older Puerto Ricans. Future studies should implement more in-depth neuropsychological assessments and examine the potential role of barriers to pain management in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-999
Number of pages15
JournalAging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Puerto Rico
  • cognition
  • older adults
  • pain
  • subjective cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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