Sunday, April 24, 2005

Screening of Cognitive Functioning for the Elderly

Some Seniors Turning to Brain Screening
Sat Apr 23, 8:11 PM ET
Health - AP
By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press Writer

DALLAS - Bill Crist was angry and upset when his doctor diagnosed him with dementia. But the 64-year-old retired pharmacist felt a little better after going to the Center for BrainHealth for an evaluation, which showed his language skills and memory were still quite strong.

Crist suffers from a neurodegenerative disorder that is associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. He said the follow-up test helped show him which brain functions "look normal."

Such exams are becoming increasingly popular as aging Americans try to differentiate between normal aging problems and the effects of neurological conditions.

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