Dementia

19 October 2006

Memory loss concerns seniors

Many people - 73% - are concerned about memory loss but 30% of those people have not discussed the issue with anyone, including their doctors, according to a survey.

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Many people - 73% - are concerned about memory loss but 30% of those people have not discussed the issue with anyone, including their doctors, according to a survey released Wednesday by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.

Of those who did share their concerns, most confided in a spouse and only 24% had talked with their doctor.

The survey of 2 562 people, average age 69.9 years, who took part in the US National Memory Screening Day in late 2005 found that far more women (74%) had concerns about their memory than men (29%).

Factors that persuaded the respondents to have a memory screening included: forgetfulness (50%); a desire to obtain a baseline score (56%); and having a relative with Alzheimer's disease (21%). – (HealthDayNews)

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