‘Senior Moments’ Don’t Seem to Lead to Dementia for Most

The study found that 21 percent of participants fluctuated between mild cognitive impairment and normal mental functioning, while 15 percent continued to have mild cognitive impairment that got no worse.

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Only about 20 percent of people who experience “senior moments” of forgetfulness, memory lapses and poor judgment will go on to development serious brain-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new German study.

Although some people will be stricken with Alzheimer’s or dementia, many will see their symptoms remain the same or disappear, the researchers said. It’s all part of a condition called “mild cognitive impairment,” they added.

“Patients should not be alarmed unnecessarily by receiving a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment,” said lead researcher Dr. Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, of the Institute of Primary Medical Care in Kiel, Germany.

During three years of study of people with mild cognitive impairment, 42 percent returned to normal mental function, 36 percent retained their mild impairment and only 22 percent developed dementia, Kaduszkiewicz said.

The study found that 21 percent of participants fluctuated between mild cognitive impairment and normal mental functioning, while…

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