Neuropsychological Assessment Helpful in Monitoring the Course of Alzheimer’s disease

Neuropsychological Assessment Helpful in Monitoring the Course of Alzheimer’s disease
alzheimer's MRIAccording to a recent study conducted by a researcher from the University of Eastern Finland, the cognitive functioning of patients with Alzheimer's disease and their behavioral and psychological difficulties are associated with their daily living activities. However, the researchers found that deficits in cognitive performance were not associated with behavioral and psychological difficulties, despite the fact that both deteriorate as the disease progresses. Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most prevalent type of dementia, causes major problems in memory and other cognitive features. AD is a condition associated with a decline in daily performance of activities and an increased need for assistance as the disease progresses. The condition is related to both behavioral and psychological problems, and there is a need to improve assessment methods for the planning of the treatment as the disease progresses. Ilona Hallikainen, a PhD researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, conducted her study in AD progression after diagnosis, and highlights the feasibility of the CERAD neuropsychological test battery in the monitoring the disease progression. A total of 236 patients with AD and their caregivers were followed for three years. Data was sought from three different Finnish hospital districts. The PhD work was part of a
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