Could it be Alzheimer's?
Is your dad's forgetfulness a symptom of old age—or could it signal the onset of Alzheimer's disease? You probably know better than his physician. Family members can be the smartest screening tool for Alzheimer's, suggests a study by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. So if you notice changes in a loved one-maybe a loss of interest in a favorite hobby or not being able to recall how to balance a checkbook- and you suspect it may be more serious than mere absentmindedness, find the dementia screening questionnaire developed by the university's Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, at AD8.
The AD8 is an experimental tool and not a substitute for clinical judgment. Reprinted with permission. Copyright 2005. The AD8 is a copyrighted instrument of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. All rights reserved.
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