Cognition in late-life bipolar disorder

Why assess cognition in elderly people with bipolar disorder?

Cognitive deficits across various domains are a common feature of bipolar disorder, and are strongly related to persistent difficulties in activities of daily living. Such deficits may be more pronounced in people with bipolar disorder who are aged over 60 years than in younger patients. Identifying cognitive deficits in elderly people contributes to the development of specific treatments and rehabilitation approaches.

What is the evidence for cognition in elderly people with bipolar disorder?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests a large effect of poorer executive functioning, and medium-sized effects of poorer memory, attention, and fluency in older people with bipolar disorder compared to controls who were matched for age and education. Moderate to low quality evidence also suggests a medium-sized effect of poorer learning ability in older people with bipolar disorder.

No reviews were identified that directly compared cognition in older versus younger people with bipolar disorder.

March 2019

Last updated at: 1:05 am, 31st March 2019
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