Among older adult patients in memory clinics, apathy was linked with an almost doubled risk for incident dementia, according to findings published in JAMA Psychiatry.
“Apathy has been associated with incident dementia and could be useful as an easily assessable, low-cost, noninvasive marker of increased risk, which is relatively common and specific for future cognitive decline compared with other neuropsychiatric symptoms,” Jan Willem van Dalen, MPhil, from the department of neurology, University of Amsterdam, and colleagues wrote. “However, evidence is fragmented, and apathy definitions vary greatly between studies.”
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