Study finds predictors for dementia risk

The study followed 357 patients with mild cognitive impairment aged 75 or older and diagnosed in primary care, finding 42% were in remission, 21% had a fluctuating course of symptoms, 15% had stable symptoms and 22% had progressed to dementia.

Patients were at higher risk of advancing along the spectrum of impairment if they had symptoms of depression, were older or had more than one cognitive domain impaired.

A word list recall test requiring patients to learn and then reproduce the list 10 minutes later was the best baseline indicator for