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Trouble With Money May Signal Cognitive Issues.

Even cognitively healthy older adults may slow down a little when it comes to financial tasks like calculating their change when paying cash. However, trouble managing money also may suggest underlying cognitive impairment, according to recent research (Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, May 28). The study included 243 people, ages 55 to 90, who underwent tests of their financial skills and also had brain scans to monitor any buildup of amyloid-beta (A-beta), an abnormal protein that is associated with dementia. More extensive A-beta correlated with worse ability to understand and apply basic financial concepts or complete tasks such as calculating an account balance. Most testing for early dementia focuses on memory, so if you notice that you or a loved one are having difficulty with simple math calculations that used to be no problem, it may be worth mentioning this to your doctor.

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Date:Sep 1, 2019
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