Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered the preclinical stage in progressive cognitive decline leading to the clinical stage of dementia. A study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, reports that over one fourth of rural-dwelling older adults in China are affected by MCI.
The MIND-China project recruited participants aged 60 years or older and living in rural communities in Yanggu county, western Shandong Province. In 2018, a total of 5068 participants were examined, and 1342 of these were defined to have Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) according to international criteria that integrated standard neuropsychological tests and clinical judgement, leading to an overall prevalence of 26.5%.
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