GERO Cohort Protocol, Chile, 2017-2022: Cohort of Functional Decline in Subjective Cognitive Complaint elderly
Slachevsky A, Zitko P, Martínez-Pernía D, Forno G, Court FA, Lillo P, Villagra R, Duran-Aniotz C, Parrao T, Assar R, Orellana P, Toledo C, Rivera R, Ibañez A, Parra MA, González-Billault C, Amieva H, Thumala D. (2020). GERO Cohort Protocol, Chile, 2017–2022: Community-based Cohort of Functional Decline in Subjective Cognitive Complaint elderly. BMC Geriatrics 20, 505. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-020-01866-4
With the global population aging and life expectancy increasing, dementia has turned a priority in the health care system. In Chile, dementia is one of the most important causes of disability in the elderly and the most rapidly growing cause of death in the last 20 years. Cognitive complaint is considered a predictor for cognitive and functional decline, incident mild cognitive impairment, and incident dementia. The GERO cohort is the Chilean core clinical project of the Geroscience Center for Brain Health and Metabolism (GERO). The objective of the GERO cohort is to analyze the rate of functional decline and progression to clinical dementia and their associated risk factors in a community-dwelling elderly with subjective cognitive complaint, through a population-based study. We also aim to undertake clinical research on brain ageing and dementia disorders, to create data and biobanks with the appropriate infrastructure to conduct other studies and facilitate to the national and international scientific community access to the data and samples for research.
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