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Memory complaints?

posted Sep 30, 2011, 8:38 PM by Neville Misquitta   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 8:45 PM ]

 7 questions about subjective memory complaints previously found to be useful in patients with possible cognitive impairment:

  • Have you recently experienced any change in your ability to remember things? [Change in Memory]
  • Do you have more trouble than usual remembering a short list of items, such as a shopping list? [Short List]
  • Do you have trouble remembering things from one second to the next one? [One Second to the Next]
  • Do you have much more trouble than usual remembering recent events? [Recent Events]
  • Do you have any difficulty in understanding or following spoken instructions? [Understanding Instructions]
  • Do you have more trouble than usual following a group conversation or plot in a TV program because of your memory? [Following a Conversation]
  • Do you have trouble finding your way around familiar streets? [Getting Lost]
The number of complaints and the last one [Getting Lost] are significant for cognitive decline.

Specific Subjective Memory Complaints in Older Persons May Indicate Poor Cognitive Function Rebecca England Amariglio PhD,†, Mary K. Townsend ScD,†, Francine Grodstein ScD, Reisa A. Sperling MD, MMSc, Dorene M. Rentz PsyDArticle first published online: 15 SEP 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03543.x
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