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Memory complaints linked to dementia diagnosis many years later

(Reuters Health) In a U.S. study that followed older women for nearly 20 years, those who complained of memory lapses were more likely than others to later be diagnosed with mild thinking problems or dementia.
The subjective sense that one has more memory lapses than peers could be an early sign of a long term process leading to dementia, researchers say.
“We do not know why some older adults develop concerns about their memory even though they are not showing memory problems on tests of thinking skills,” said Allison R. Kaup of the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco. “One possibility is that an individual may be noticing changes in their memory that are so subtle that clinical tests do not detect it.”
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