The main value of the independent NIH panel mentioned in the previous article comes from the recommendations it makes for research, industry and government to fill the gaps in the scientific evidence in years to come.
In fact, having access to objective, automated assessments to help consumers better monitor their cognitive health and take proactive, informed action is the one part of the brain fitness puzzle that is badly needed.
It is estimated that 60% of people with Alzheimer’s Disease go undiagnosed. Most patients today get diagnosed with Alzheimer’s too late and based on tools which are not sensitive enough to pick up on subtle problems in thinking and memory needed to make accurate diagnosis and distinguish among different memory disorders. This often results in having many individuals with high education and intellect appear ‘normal’ when in fact they have an Alzheimer’s‑induced memory and cognitive slowdown.
Note: You can keep reading the article To Manage Brain Fitness Through Life, We Need to Put Puzzle Pieces Together in the website of the American Society of Aging (article link opens PDF). ASA recently asked me to write a couple of articles on latest brain fitness and cognitive health trends for their MindAlert initiative, and this is the second of the two.