CRAHW Seminar

Date & time

12–1pm 24 February 2017


Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre


Malinee Neelamegam


 Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan

Association between sleep paramaters and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score

The elderly Hispanic population is the fastest growing minority population in the United States, contributing the highest growth in the overall adult population. By the year 2050, elderly Hispanics are expected to be the largest minority group in the United States. Using data of 1542 individuals from Wave 6 of the Hispanic Established Population for Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (HEPESE), the association between sleep related complaints and MMSE score was assessed.  Sleep parameters were assessed based on self-reported complaints and sleep duration. Multivariate regression analysis indicated that sleeping longer than 9 hours /night and waking up feeling tired is associated with lower MMSE scores.

Malinee is a doctoral candidate in the Epidemiology Program at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida (USF). She came to USF as a Fulbright Scholar for her MPH. Malinee is originally from Malaysia, where she was a research associate with the Ministry of Health Malaysia.


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