Seeking early signals of dementia in driving and credit scores

Source: Paula Span, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Learning your odds of eventually developing dementia — a pressing concern for many, especially those with a family history of it — requires medical testing and counseling. But what if everyday behavior, like overlooking a couple of credit card payments or habitually braking while driving, could foretell your risk?

A Washington University study found that driving behavior and age could predict preclinical Alzheimer’s 88 percent of the time. Similarly, a study analyzing medical records and consumer credit reports for more than 80,000 Medicare beneficiaries showed that seniors who eventually received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease were significantly more likely to have delinquent credit card payments and subprime credit scores.

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