The Rookwood Driving Battery: Normative Older Adult Performance

This study aimed to obtain older adult normative data on a neuropsychological battery in relation to functions underlying driving ability. The effect of age on performance on the battery was previously unknown; normative data revision was necessary to enable more appropriate use of the battery with older clients. A cross-sectional cohort study design was used. Volunteers were sought from among healthy older people living independently in the community to complete the Rookwood Driving Battery. 202 volunteers aged 70+ were recruited from local social groups to complete the battery. Of these, 184 completed a screening test of cognitive integrity (Mini Mental State Examination, MMSE). Results of the MMSE indicated that 161 (87.5%) of the group fell above a cut-off (25/30) typically used in epidemiological studies to identify age-related cognitive decline. Of these cognitively intact volunteers, performance was marked by higher battery error scores (mean=5.12, SD=3.75) than those observed in an earlier normative study using younger volunteers below 70 years of age (mean=1.41, SD=1.87). The 2 age groups differed significantly on all 10 battery subtests; in all cases the level of significance was .002 or less; for 9 subtests, significance fell below .001. In the intact older group, battery performance was observed to be closely related to score on the MMSE, a test of general cognitive integrity (r=.558, p=.01). Performance on the Rookwood Battery differs for the over 70s and under 70s. The authors suggest essential modifications in its use with older people.

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  • Authors:
    • Rees, Janice
    • McKenna, Pat
    • Bell, Vaughan
    • Skucek, Emily
    • Nichols, E
    • Fisher, P
  • Publication Date: 2008-6


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 139-151
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  • Accession Number: 01109653
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2008 8:50AM