Thinking You Have Alzheimer’s Could Be Early Indication

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BrainA science article printed in Science Daily news reports results from a study performed by University of Kentucky by Erin Abner, assistant professor, at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. The extremely simple study included 3,701 men aged 60 and older. It was based on a single question that they asked each participant. “Have you noticed any change in your memory since you last came in?”

The results they obtained from that one question were interesting. Abner said that “It seems subjective memory complaint can be predictive of clinical memory impairment.” The professor also feels encouraged by the fact that other epidemiologists have obtained similar results from their studies.

Finding that those who have observed changes in their own memories can be indicative of the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease could lead to recognition of people who are at risk of developing the disease earlier. If the memory and thinking lapses proved to be early markers, scientists might learn to recognize these markers and intervene before the disease progresses so that onset is postponed or the effects related to cognitive memory impairment are reduced.

Abner also mentioned that every person who has ever forgotten where they left their keys should not become alarmed that they are destined to develop Alzheimer’s. The memory lapses and associated problems that are significant differ from those most of us experience in normal daily life. Alzheimer’s is typically experienced during the later years in life and is considered a sad and debilitating disease that reduces the individual’s quality of life in all areas.

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