Factors associated with brain donation among optimally healthy elderly people

Jeffrey A. Kaye, Alison Dame, Suzanne Lehman, Gary Sexton

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Background. Consent rates for brain donation were examined in 140 healthy elderly participants of the Oregon Brain Aging Study, a longitudinal study of successful aging. Subjects were initially selected for good health. The study population had a relatively high education level, a high socioeconomic status, and were predominantly white. Methods. At each annual examination, a project physician asked participants to consider brain donation. This analysis examined variables that may affect the rate of brain donation consent: age, gender, education, socioeconomic status, marital status, religiosity, cognitive status, depression, and functional status. Results. Of these variables only age was a meaningful factor. Conclusion. The oldest old participants (≥85 years of age) were more likely to consent to donation than the younger participants (65-84 years of age).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)M560-M564
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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