Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Does memory screening help spot dementia, or harm?

Previously I wrote about how A Simple Three Minute Test Can Detect the Earliest Stage of Alzheimer's Disease. The test called the Mini-Cog (MC) can be administered to a family member or friend and could accurately identify individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and undiagnosed dementia. MCI is recognized as a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death(recently surpassing diabetes). One in eight persons age 65 and over suffers from Alzheimer's. One out of every two adults over the age of 85 suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5 million Americans now suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Ten Million Baby Boomers are likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s during their lifetime.

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