Incidence of dementia and cause of death in elderly Japanese emigrants to Brazil before World War II

Kenichi Meguro, Rosa Y.S. Chubaci, Mitsue Meguro, Kazumi Kawamorida, Nobuko Goto, Paulo Caramelli

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In 1997 we examined the prevalence of dementia among the Japanese elderly immigrants living in the São Paulo metropolitan area (n= 166). Herein, we followed up on these subjects for causes of death and dementia incidence. We were able to contact 108 subjects: 54 were already dead. The most common cause of death was cardiac disease. For dementia, 31.6% of the dead subjects were found to have developed dementia before they died, and 20.8% of the living subjects were demented. As for the baseline the clinical dementia rating (CDR), 20.8% of CDR 0 and 50.0% of CDR 0.5 subjects developed dementia in the dead group; whereas in the living group, 23.9% of CDR 0 and 52.6% of CDR 0.5 developed dementia. As a whole, the incidence was 34.2‰ per 1000 person-years. Cardiac disease as the most common cause of death was probably due to the higher prevalence of diabetes mellitus. Compared with the previous study, the lower incidence of dementia from the CDR 0.5 group may have been due to a higher mortality rate. This is the first study on the incidence of dementia in elderly Japanese immigrants in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan


  • Clinical dementia rating
  • Incidence of dementia
  • Japanese immigrants in Brazil


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