Cognitive Decline of Older Adults in Africa: How Do We Detect It?


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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • List tools used to assess cognition in older adults in Africa.
  • Discuss challenges of assessments of older adults in Africa.
  • Critique developed assessment instruments and their application for the African population.


Noeline Nakasujja, MBChB, MMed, Psych, PhD

Dr. Nakasujja is a Ugandan Associate Professor of Psychiatry who serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. Her research interests include geriatric psychiatry and cognitive impairment in HIV/AIDS.

She has served on several associations, including the International Psycho-geriatrics Association, the World Psychiatric Association, Association of Uganda Women Doctors. She is the president of The Uganda Society for Health Scientists and Chair of the Community Care for the Elderly task force of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH).

Her work has focused on neurocognitive assessments across the lifespan and other areas in psychiatry. She is currently a principal investigator in a study evaluating the stress and caregiver burden of individuals looking after patients with Alzheimer’s disease in the community.

Prof Nakasujja is the first female psychiatrist in Uganda and has been honored with several awards that, include: the British Royal College of Psychiatrists student travel award, best presenter and researcher for the Uganda Medical Association, The International Psychogeriatrics Association Young Investigators award for Outstanding research endeavors undertaken in a previously unresearched field. She has received recognition for; Outstanding mentor for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and received recognition for her scientific achievements from the Uganda Society for Health Scientists 2010, the Center for AIDS research award for best poster 2016, and the James Kimani award 2017, Society of Neuroscientists of Africa.

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    • Noeline Nakasujja, MBChB, MMed, Psych, PhD - Speaker
    • Sondra Schreiber, MA - Activity Director


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    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON


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