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Many Seniors Suffer Mental Decline in Silence: CDC
Date:5/10/2013

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A dementia expert noted that these kinds of symptoms should be taken seriously.

People experiencing them "should have thorough medical exams to exclude treatable metabolic or cardiac diseases," said Dr. Sam Gandy, associate director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, in New York City.

Report co-author Deokar noted that people with these symptoms can reach out to the aging services network, including agencies on aging and the Alzheimer's Association.

When causes of mental decline are identified early there is the opportunity to treat reversible causes, the report authors said. If the cause isn't reversible, as with Alzheimer's disease, there is more time to develop advance directives, to enroll in clinical trials and to plan for care needs.

More information

To learn about Alzheimer's disease, visit the Alzheimer's Association.

SOURCES: Angela Deokar, M.P.H., public health advisor, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Sam Gandy, M.D., associate director, Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, New York City; May 10, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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