Assessing Changes in Memory and Function

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Center at Rock Creek, The

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Jun 29, 2021

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If you do not see an aging friend or relative often, changes in his or her health may seem dramatic. In contrast, the primary caregiver might not notice such changes or realize that more help, medical treatment, or supervision is needed. Or, the primary caregiver might not want to accept the fact that the health of his or her spouse or parent is failing. Sometimes a geriatric care manager or other professional is the first to notice changes.
To learn more about how to assess key changes that may relate to the onset of Alzheimers disease or another dementia from the National Institute on Aging.

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