Debate grows over routine dementia tests

A routine test could triple the rate of detection of cognitive impairment and dementia, according to researchers who argue that screening should be mandatory for older people.

The controversial proposal would dramatically boost early diagnoses of dementia, “a common and costly problem”, the researchers say.

But one Australian expert has described it as “a blatant example of age discrimination”.

A US team assessed the impact of screening – coupled with further evaluation – on diagnoses in people aged 70 and older who had no