Abstract

Introduction: Dementia is the ability degradation of remembering and thinking that interrupts one’s daily activity, which will be an additional burden to the elderly. The purpose of this study was to find out the profile of dementia in elderly.
Methods: This was an observational descriptive cross-sectional study. The data were obtained using Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) questionnaire.
Results: The respondents were dominated by females (54%), elderly who had caregiver (86%), non-smokers (60%), people who did not complete elementary school (36%), and people who were already married (66%). Most elderly were categorized as without dementia (62%). Among people who were identified as having dementia, 22% had mild dementia.
Conclusion: The most common grade among elderly in rural area who visited the Geriatric Healthcare Center is mild dementia.

Keywords

dementia rural MMSE

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