Uncovering the association between socioeconomics and motoric cognitive risk

  • In a longitudinal study of community-based adults from the 1936 Lothian Birth Cohort, prevalence of motoric cognitive risk (MCR; cognitive complaints that are self-reported and slow gait speed) at the end of the study period (aged 76) was 5.6%.
  • Being employed in a manual occupation earlier in life was associated with a threefold increased risk of MCR, regardless of education level (adjusted odds ratio 3.55, P=0.005).
  • The authors concluded that manual work appears to be an independent risk factor for MCR. Policy and healthcare strategies addressing the increased risk in this population are important in reducing health inequalities in later life.