Jul 31, 2013

Do You Have Alzheimer's?

"A person's own awareness that his or her memory is worse may be related to early brain changes from Alzheimer's disease. Years before a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, the individual may be the best judge that his or her memory isn't what it used to be." 
~ Rebecca Amariglio, the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Do You Have Alzheimer's?

By Bob DeMarco
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"Older people who reported a change in memory since their last annual cognitive assessment were almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia during follow-up than those who did not report such a change". Richard J. Kryscio, Ph.D., professor, Department of Statistics, College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky.
Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) is a new term being used to describe the old and broader term mild cognitive impairment. No doubt this is an improvement in the use of the English language. At the mimimum, this will make some sense to the general bulic.

What is the Difference Between Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?
Is Subjective Cognitive Decline the Earliest Clinical Sign of Alzheimer's?

Four new studies on SCD have important implications for the public and the Alzheimer's community worldwide.

It now appears that adults who think they're having memory slips or cognitive problems may be onto something.

I found this fascinating on many levels. First, my mother, Dotty, was unaware that she was living with Alzheimer's. Or, at the very least she never admitted it.

Second, there is a strong tendency and cultural value to tell someone when they say they are becoming forgetful - you are just getting old. Or, its just a senior moment.

The real issue is what is the difference between normal aging and abnormal aging and cognitive decline?

There is a tendency for people to say they wouldn't want to know if they had Alzheimer's. This is understandable.

However, it is my very strong belief that you can slow down the progression of Alzheimer's, and as a result, you might die before it gets really really bad. This might sound harsh but it is my belief that is what happened with my mother.
"It is very important to distinguish between lapses of attention, which are normal, and memory loss," said Amariglio. "Lapses of attention include walking into a room and forgetting why you walked in. This is likely a part of normal aging. Memory loss is categorized as a decline in the ability to recall conversations, remember appointments or remember recent events."
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