Neuropsychiatric and behavioral symptoms in a community sample of Hispanics with Alzheimer's disease

Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. Aug-Sep 2006;21(4):263-73. doi: 10.1177/1533317506289350.


The purpose of this study was to characterize and compare neuropsychiatric symptoms in a sample of 367 community-dwelling subjects: 70 Hispanics and 230 non-Hispanic white patients with Alzheimer's disease, and 22 Hispanics and 45 non-Hispanic white healthy age-matched controls. Neuropsychiatric symptoms were common among all patients with Alzheimer's disease. In the Alzheimer's disease groups, Hispanic subjects presented to the initial assessment with more symptoms than non-Hispanic white subjects did. In comparison to the non-Hispanic white population, the proportion of Hispanics with neuropsychiatric and behavioral symptoms was higher. These findings have implications for differential sociocultural presentations of Alzheimer's disease among ethnic/racial groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / ethnology*
  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology*
  • Alzheimer Disease / therapy
  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Delusions / epidemiology
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Educational Status
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Hallucinations / epidemiology
  • Hispanic Americans*
  • Humans
  • Irritable Mood
  • Male
  • Movement Disorders / epidemiology
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Sampling Studies