If you have a family history of dementia, you’re surely concerned about learning early on what your risk is for developing it. This involves medical testing and counseling; but new methods that could potentially predict your risk include simple changes in some everyday habits.
Think habits such as paying your credit card bill on time and an increase in how often you brake as you drive. Changes in your everyday behaviour such as these two examples are outlined in a recent article from the New York Times about what current experiments are examining to determine whether whether there are signs of the development of dementia long before symptoms are apparent.
And early detection is very important when it comes to intervening and preventing dementia from progressing. In addition, the ability to detect before symptoms emerge could help in protecting older adults from dangers such as fraud and could translate into older adults being able to live independently longer (including allowing them to continue driving).
For more about some of these studies and the latest in approved Alzheimer’s treatments, visit the article at the New York Times.