Memory Decline May Be Earliest Sign Of Dementia

BOSTON (July 17, 2013)--Several research teams are reporting that noticing a decline in memory beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could be the very earliest sign of the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

One study found that complaining of a memory decline preceded wider mental impairment by about six years while another tied those changes to evidence of dementia on brain scans.

The research involves memory lapses that are more pronounced than mere senior moments, but instead bigger problems, such as getting lost while driving home.

The studies were discussed Wednesday at the Alzheimer's Association conference in Boston.

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