Geriatric Psychiatry

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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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Moderate Alcohol Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Dementia

Topics: Alcohol Use | Dementia | Geriatric Psychiatry | Research Update

Review of: Sabia S et al, BMJ 2018;362:k2927 Type of study: Prospective cohort study Excessive alcohol use is neurotoxic, but some studies have found that moderate alcohol intake might actually reduce the risk of dementia. Most of these studies, however, have focused on geriatric patients. What about the cumulative impact of alcohol over one’s lifet

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