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Ann Geriatr Med Res 2019; 23(1): 16-19  https://doi.org/10.4235/agmr.18.0051
A Comparison of Memory Beliefs, Cognitive Activity, and Depression Among Healthy Older Adults, Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Patient with Alzheimer’s Disease
JongSik Park1, Jooyeon Jamie Im2, In-Uk Song1 , Yeonwook Kang3,4
1Department of Neurology, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Incheon, Korea, 2Department of Radiology, Incheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Incheon, Korea, 3Depratment of Psychology, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea, 4Department of Neurology, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang, Korea
Correspondence to: In-Uk Song, MD, PhD, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0181-0844
Department of Neurology, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 56 Dongsu-ro, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon 21431, Korea, E-mail: siuy@catholic.ac.kr
Yeonwook Kang, PhD, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4426-9127
Department of Psychology, Hallym University, 1 Hallimdaehak-gil, Chuncheon 24252, Korea, E-mail: ykang@hallym.ac.kr
Received: December 29, 2018; Revised: February 18, 2019; Accepted: February 25, 2019; Published online: March 31, 2019.
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Background: Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) is highly likely to progress to dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT). One of the most frequently reported symptoms in aMCI and DAT patients is memory impairment. This study compared the levels of beliefs about memory efficacy and control, cognitive activity, and depression among healthy older adults (OA), patients with aMCI, and patients with DAT. Methods: This study included 21 OA (11 males, 10 females), 16 aMCI patients (6 males, 10 females), and 18 DAT patients (10 males, 8 females). The memory efficacy questionnaire, memory control questionnaire, cognitive activity questionnaire, depression questionnaire, and Seoul Verbal Learning Test were administered to all subjects. Results: DAT patients showed significantly lower scores on the recognition test than did the OA and aMCI patients, and no difference in these scores was observed between the OA and aMCI patients. Regarding the memory efficacy, memory control, and cognitive activity questionnaires, DAT and aMCI patients showed significantly lower scores than did OA. However, there were no differences in these scores between aMCI and DAT patients. Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that aMCI patients experienced impairment in memory beliefs and memory control in the same way as DAT patients did. These results suggest that the early application of cognitive rehabilitation therapy for patients with aMCI may be effective in preventing or alleviating memory deterioration.
Keywords: Mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer disease, Memory, Depression, Cognition

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