J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  1998 Nov;2(2):126-132.

Neurocognitive Function Tests for Elderly

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.


The decline of cognitive functions uses to follow the increase in incidence of various organic mental disorders and systemic diseases, and administration of drugs with increasing age. The assessments of cognitive functions are needed to discriminate normal aging from other cognitive disorders and to differentiate the organic mental disorders. We have to be cautious to interpret the test results of elderly patients who are easily fatigue and frequently have sensory disturbances. There are two basic approaches to assess cognitive function of the elderly patients. One is to use standardized test batteries and another is to use several tests that are relevant to diagnostic purposes. Many assessment tools of cognitive functions have been developed and used clinically but there are a few available standardized test in Korea. It is eagerly needed to develope standardized tests that are pertinent our culture.


Elderly; Neurocognitive function; Neurocognitive function test
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