CHAN Sui Yin Agnes 陳瑞燕

Research Projects

  • Neuropsychological Functions in Late Life of the Hong Kong Elderly: An Exploratory Study on Psychosocial and lifestyle Predictors
  • CHAN Sui Yin Agnes, PUN Shuk Han, CHIU Fung Kum Helen (Dept of Psychiatry), LAM Chiu Wa (Dept of Psychiatry), WOO Jean (Dept of Medicine & Therapeutics)
    1 March 2001
    CUHK Research Committee Funding (Direct Grants)

    The increase in elderly population has raised a number of social and economic issues in Hong Kong. While there is an increasing burden to balance the needs of the old and young within their families, there is a strong economic pressure to support and care for a growing population of older people within our medical system. If our elderly can maintain their functioning capacities, they can live independently and remain productive after retirement. To be functioning capable, an elderly needs to maintain a good physical health and reasonable cognitive abilities. Cognitive function in terms of domains of ability--including attention, language, memory, spatial ability and conceptualization-is known to decline with. This cognitive decline is a significant factor that affects the daily functioning and quality of life of an aging individual. For instance, an elderly with severe cognitive impairment such as the one resulting from Alzheimer's disease will require 24 hours assistance even they are physically healthy. It is, therefore, both important and urgent to investigate how cognitive functions can be preserved in older persons. The proposed project aims to identify the psychosocial and lifestyle factors that account for changes in cognitive function in local elderly population. A community sample of 60 elderly people aged between 65 and 74 will be recruited to undergo interviews and a series of neuropsychological tests. The findings will be vital to the development of evidence-based programs to maintain the cognitive functions of elderly in Hong Kong. (SS00584)

  • Utilizing Neuropsychologyical Assessment in the Early Diagnosis & Cognitive Interventions in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • CHAN Sui Yin Agnes
    1 July 2000
    Health Care & Promotion Fund, Hospital Authority

    The present study proposed to utilize the Hong Kong List Learning Test (HKLT) and the Cantonese version of the Dementia Rating Scale (DRS) to study the cognitive profile and memory function of demented patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and normal elderly. It is anticipated that (1) the DRS will be very sensitive in differentiate between patients and normal subjects. (2) AD patients will demonstrate learning and memory deficits in the HKLT (3) and the memory training strategies, as evaluated by the HKLT, will affect AD patients and normal control subjects in different ways.

    The objectives of the study are:

    (1) to understand the factors contributing to intellectual decline in dementia;

    (2) to develop a framework for cognitive rehabilitation in the context of a clearer formulation of the cognitive deficits and residual strengths in dementia;

    (3) to evaluate the effectiveness of repetition practices and external organization cues as memory training for AD patients in comparison with normal controls and;

    (4) to develop local norms and explore the factor structure of the assessment tools. (MD20006)

Research Publications

  • "Clinical Validity of the Chinese Version of Mattis Dementia Rating Scale in Differentiating Dementia of Alzheimer's Type in Hong Kong." (co-authored with Choi Angel; Chiu Fung Kum Helen and Lam Chiu Wa) Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (Boston, USA: Cambridge University Press) vol.9 no.1 (Jan 2003), pp.45-55
    (CUHK Library Call No: UL Periodical W1 .J91935; Also Available Online)

  • The Hong Kong List Learning Test. Hong Kong, Dept of Psychology, CUHK, 2006

  • "Recent Development of Neuropsychology in Hong Kong." Paper presented in the An International Conference on Neuropsychology: Recent Advances in the East and West, organized by Department of Psychology, CUHK, Hong Kong, Dec 2003

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