Among 7609 Medicare beneficiaries, those with probable dementia were more likely to drive, prepare hot meals, manage finances, manage medications, and attend doctor visits alone if they had not received a dementia diagnosis than if they had received a diagnosis.
“It’s important for physicians and families to realize that many individuals with dementia, especially undiagnosed dementia, engage in activities that are increasingly risky as the disease progresses,” said Dr. Halima Amjad, lead author of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study. “Addressing safety may be one area where diagnosing dementia earlier can make a difference if patients and families can plan for the future. Our findings also suggest that physicians can target older adults who have difficulty with these and other household activities for dementia screening.
Full bibliographic informationJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Potentially Unsafe Activities and Living Conditions of Older Adults with Dementia
Halima Amjad MD, MPH, David L. Roth PhD, Quincy M. Samus PhD, Sevil Yasar MD, PhD and Jennifer L. Wolff PhD. DOI 10.1111/jgs.14164