Abstract

Objective: In Puerto Rico, there exists a paucity of neuropsychological tests with normative data to make an accurate and appropriate diagnosis to the population. Our aim is to collect normative data from the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and Semantic Verbal Fluency (SVF) on a Puerto Rican non-clinical adult population between 50–90 years old. This presentation includes preliminary data of the ongoing study. Method: Phase I includes a rule out of cognitive impairment: family member interview, Clock Drawing Test & Phonemic Verbal Fluency. Phase II include the experimental measures: MoCA & SVF. Quantitative, non-cross experimental descriptive design was analyze with a preliminary sample (n = 27). The average age was 57 years (SD = 5.566), most with Bachelor Degree education (SD = .76), and 55.6% were females. All the participants were Puerto Rican adults with 50–71 years old, selected by availability. Results: ANOVA was performed with the MoCA relative to age and schooling variables. No significant differences were found. SVF related to named animals and supermarket items reflected a significant deference in animal and academic degrees, while grocery items showed no significant difference, a large animal eta2 of .31 and a median of .13 for grocery items. Conclusion(s): Preliminary results with the MoCA showed that older participants reflect lower scores. Similarly, it was shown that individuals with less education tend to produce fewer animal names. This trend will be evaluated with a bigger sample as part of the final normative study.