Dampening of the Senses Linked to Dementia Risk

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Memory loss and forgetfulness or common warning signs for dementia. But a dulling of the senses also appears to be associated with disease. Smell is definitely the strongest one we found, but it does seem like it's not just smell will Abramowicz an epidemiologist at the University of California San Francisco. Her team studied cognitive decline in eighteen hundred adults from the health aging and body composition study which tracked the health and mental function of older adults over a seventeen year period. During this study subjects completed sensory tests including hearing, smell touch and vision Brenda's team took. The results of those tests and then compared the adults overall sensory abilities to their mental function and the results. Those better functioning had a lower risk of dementia and worth worse multiple sensory function. They had this guy dementia a decline in smell in particular had the strongest link to dementia. The results are in the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Alzheimer's and dementia. The scientists were just studying correlations here. But Brennan says, if they can figure out how well multi sensory declined predicts dementia risk, it might give doctors another tool to screen for the

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