Cognitive Decline

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The Aging Brain: Preventing Cognitive Decline

Topics: Cognitive Decline | Dementia | Geriatric Psychiatry

We’ve all been there. A 63-year-old patient comes to you with a chief complaint of memory loss. She tells you that she has a hard time remembering people’s names and forgets where she puts her keys. She lives and drives on her own without a problem, but asks, “Isn’t there some memory pill I can take?” What advice can we give her? The first

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Screening Tests for Cognitive Decline

Topics: Cognitive Decline | Dementia | Geriatric Psychiatry

Screening tests can also help distinguish normal aging from a Neurocognitive Disorder. The popular Mini Mental Status Exam is being replaced by more sensitive tests like the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) and the Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS). Both of these can be completed in 10 minutes and are normed for Mild and Major

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