Screening for Dementia

Today there is great interest in screening tests to identify early cognitive impairment in older adults. But are there benefits of doing so to the patient or family? According to a review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force there is no empirical evidence to support the benefits of even the best screening tools. Perhaps awareness has some value, but unfortunately there are no effective interventions available yet.

PositiveTip: Remember, screening results do not always translate into meaningful treatment interventions.