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Terminal decline from within- and between-person perspectives, accounting for incident dementia.

Journal article
Authors Andrea M Piccinin
Graciela Muniz
Fiona E Matthews
Boo Johansson
Published in The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
Volume 66
Issue 4
Pages 391-401
ISSN 1758-5368
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 391-401
Language en
Keywords Age Factors, Aged, 80 and over, Alzheimer Disease, diagnosis, genetics, mortality, psychology, Cognition Disorders, diagnosis, genetics, mortality, psychology, Disease Progression, Diseases in Twins, diagnosis, genetics, mortality, psychology, Educational Status, Female, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Neuropsychological Tests, statistics & numerical data, Psychometrics, Sex Factors, Statistics as Topic, Survival Analysis, Sweden, Wechsler Scales, statistics & numerical data
Subject categories Psychology


The terminal cognitive decline hypothesis has been debated for almost 50 years. This hypothesis implies a change in rate of decline within an individual. Therefore, we examine the hypothesis from a within-person perspective using a time to death chronological structure.

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