I wrote this blurb for fun to “celebrate” our latest accepted article. It includes an interview to myself 🙂
Failure to remember words at the beginning and at the end of a list may signal risk of future cognitive decline and dementia, researchers have found.
In a paper to appear in International Psychogeriatrics, a team of dementia researchers, including from Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, report that when adults over the age of fifty remember items learned towards the end of a list well, only to forget them after a break, presented a high risk up to 12 years later of mild cognitive impairment, a condition thought to pre-date Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers also observed that failing to remember words presented at the beginning of the list, 15-20 minutes after learning them, led to a similar prediction.
“These findings”, says Dr Davide Bruno from John Moores University, the lead author on the paper, “confirm the importance of using accurate measures of memory ability to screen early on individuals who may be at risk of dementia, particularly for Alzheimer’s disease. The advantage of memory screening”, Dr Bruno adds, “is that it can be done relatively cheaply, but they can still be accurate enough to tell us what may be happening a few years down the line”.
Photo unrelated (by wife).
Look at that editorialized title!
I have recently co-authored a paper on this very topic, where we looked at types of computer use that are most likely to be associated with cognitive decline and dementia.
Here is a link to it.
In other news, I was recently at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, where I presented a poster on memory loss in late-life depression. The most exciting finding, from my memory-obsessed perspective, is that the recency ratio (also here) does a great job of picking up subtle changes in biomarkers levels in individuals who show no cognitive impairment whatsoever, despite being depressed.
Poster and some more fluff AAIC 17 handout.
On Wednesday last week (May 17), I gave a presentation at the Salford University Dementia Showcase to highlight the work we are doing at LJMU around dementia. It was a fun little conference, and I got to speak to some lovely people.
Here’s my talk: