Expert Panel Advises Brain Health Screening


A panel of world experts on aging who recently convened at Saint Louis University recommended that everyone, age 70 and older, have their memory and reasoning ability evaluated annually by a doctor or health care provider. Published in the September issue of the journal JAMDA, the recommendation for brain health comes in light of numerous studies, including those in The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine, that suggest 30 percent of those older than 70 have memory problems. Approximately 16 percent of this group has mild cognitive impairment, while 14 percent has dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. “This is an important step in toward enhancing brain health for aging populations throughout the world,” said the director of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University and lead author of the paper. “The ability to learn, solve problems and remember is a key to successful health and aging.” To read more about this study, click here.


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