Occupational differences between alzheimer's and aphasic dementias: Implication for teachers

Keith A. Josephs, Sarah M. Papenfuss, Joseph R. Duffy, Edythe A. Strand, Mary M. MacHulda, Jennifer L. Whitwell, Ronald C. Petersen

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We aimed to determine whether there is an association between teaching and the development of progressive speech and language disorders (SLDs). Occupation was compared between 100 patients with a progressive SLD, 404 patients with Alzheimer's dementia, and the 2008 US census. In SLDs, the most common occupation was teacher (22%) versus 8% in Alzheimer's dementia. The odds ratio (OR) of being a teacher in SLDs compared to Alzheimer's dementia was 3.4 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.87-6.17). No differences were observed in the frequency of other occupations. The frequency of teachers was higher in SLDs compared to the US census, OR of 6.9 (95% CI = 4.3-11.1). Farming, forestry, and fishing occupations were more frequent in SLDs compared to the US census. We identified an association between progressive SLDs and the occupation of teaching. Since teaching is a communication demanding occupation, teachers may be more sensitive to the development of speech and language impairments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-616
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Alzheimer's
  • aphasia
  • dementia
  • occupation
  • teacher

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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