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In the journals: No long-term gain from early dementia testing

Updated: January 01, 2014

There is no strong evidence that widespread, routine testing for dementia in people 65 and older is helpful in the long run, according to a draft recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
(USPSTF). The USPSTF makes recommendations to primary care doctors.

Doctors can screen people for dementia by administering simple tests to look for subtle changes in memory and mental skills—even in people who still behave and function at a normal level for their age. The tests may catch the earliest signs of dementia, before really noticeable symptoms show up.

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