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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

Print version ISSN 0004-282XOn-line version ISSN 1678-4227

Abstract

JORGE, Mario Silva; SPINDOLA, Livia; KATATA, Joyce Haruyo Biancon  and  ANGHINAH, Renato. Alpha band EEG coherence in healthy nonagenarians. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2017, vol.75, n.9, pp.609-613. ISSN 1678-4227.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0004-282x20170102.

Electroencephalographic (EEG) coherence is a parameter that enables evaluation of cerebral connectivity. It may be related to the functional state of the brain. In the elderly, it may reflect the neuronal loss caused by aging.

Objective

To describe characteristics of coherence in nonagenarians.

Methods

We evaluated interhemispheric coherence for the alpha band in 42 cognitively normal individuals aged 90 to 101 years. Coherence values in the occipital electrode (O1O2), in the resting state with closed eyes, were calculated by means of spectral analysis using digital EEG EMSA 32 channels, 12 bits and a frequency of 200 Hz.

Results

The mean coherence value for the alpha band at O1O2 was 0.65 (SD 0.13). No significant differences were found between men and women.

Conclusions

The findings from this study did not show any decrease in interhemispheric coherence for the alpha band in cognitively normal nonagenarians. This may be useful as a standard value for this age group.

Keywords : electroencephalography; aged, 80 and over; health of the elderly; aging.

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