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Alzheimer’s Screenings Often Left Out Of Seniors’ Wellness Exams
National Public Radio

Primary care doctors are really good at checking seniors’ cholesterol levels and blood pressure but often fail to use tests that could detect dementia. Fewer than half of primary care doctors surveyed say they routinely test patients 65 and older for problems with memory and thinking, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association. And just 16 percent of older patients surveyed say they receive regular cognitive assessments during routine health checkups, the report says.