NEW SCREENING GUIDELINES FOR MILD-COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

Nov 30, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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There’s no benefit in screening anyone 65 and older for mild cognitive impairment unless they have symptoms such as memory loss.
So says the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care which reviewed international studies and found no evidence that screening’s beneficial.
In fact, the working group that has updated the 2001 guidelines says screening may possibly be harmful.
Dr. Kevin Pottie, task force chair, says one-quarter of patients given standard tests for mild cognitive impairment are misdiagnosed, which can create anxiety and cause some to change living arrangements or stop working for fear they’re developing dementia.
The doctor add while some with mild cognitive impairment do develop dementia, others remain the same and some actually improve over time.
Pottie says there’s no evidence dementia drugs, vitamins and supplements improve memory or other brain-related deficits in those with the condition but that exercise and cognitive training may have some minor benefit.
The guidelines are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal
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