Behavioural checklist could help diagnose dementia early

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It may not take expensive diagnostic equipment to help catch dementia early. New research from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary is highlighting the effectiveness of a simple tool to help people catch the onset of dementia early.

The 34-question checklist created by a Calgary-area clinic helps family members, friends or caregivers to spot early warning signs of the onset of dementia. The questionnaire helps to identify what is referred to as Mild Behavioural Impairment (MBI), which is the period of time between normal aging and the development of dementia. Previously, these early, milder signals had not garnered much attention.

MBI can manifest itself in various forms like anxiety, aggression or the loss of interest in loved ones. It is hoped that early identification of these warning signs will lead to better, and earlier, interventions to help people as they develop dementia.

To read more and download the checklist visit CTV News.