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Date:9/17/2009

idual performance rather than some cross-sectional 'normalized' standard," he said.

Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., agreed that, despite the lack of effective treatments, spotting Alzheimer's disease early remains important.

"If people in the family start to recognize a change in memory/learning patterns, that might be sufficient to identify someone who could develop Alzheimer's disease," Peterson said. "Don't wait until the person is having trouble driving, is having trouble paying their bills or having trouble functioning in the community -- that's dementia," he said. "This study tells us that we can identify important symptoms earlier and it may be worthwhile doing so."

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For more information on mild cognitive impairment, visit the Alzheimer's Association.



SOURCES: Sarah Tomaszewski Farias, Ph.D., associate professor, neurology, University of California, Davis; Greg M. Cole, Ph.D., neuroscientist, Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, and associate director, Alzheimer's Center, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; Ronald C. Petersen, Ph.D., M.D., director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; September 2009 Archives of Neurology


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