Cognitive Tests May Help Detect Early Alzheimer’s in Patients Without Symptoms

Cognitive Tests May Help Detect Early Alzheimer’s in Patients Without Symptoms
A Keck School of Medicine of USC study shows that cognitive tests can detect early Alzheimer’s disease in  older adults who do not present symptoms yet. The study “Detectable Neuropsychological Differences in Early Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease: A Meta-Analysis” was published in the journal Neuropsychology Review. It is estimated that 5 million people in the United

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  1. While my husband’s neurologist tells my husband that there is no concern for dementia, he has had sleep apnea for at least 7 years (CNS and OSA).
    I see cognitive problems almost on a daily basis. it would be so helpful to know if he is in a symptomatic, but not diagnosed state. It is hard for a spouse to understand the slow processing, forgetting conversations, asking the same question that was just asked, lack of awareness and poor judgement. There are many decisions that arise every day, some of which are highly important (ie financial, long term planning, etc). Plus it is very frustrating when your spouse wants to deny any problems, as he does not want to have a diagnosis of dementia. He won’t admit any problems and therefore he won’t be helped unless there is a way to determine a pre-dementia concern. I truly appreciate your work and the science behind this study. Thank you so very much.

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