Frequent Mental Lapses May Precede Alzheimer’s

MONDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) — Mental lapses among older adults occur more often among those developing Alzheimer’s disease than healthy elders, new research finds.

Excessive daytime sleepiness, staring into space and disorganized or illogical thinking are other mental fluctuations that often precede Alzheimer’s, say researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“For many years, people have jokingly attributed mental lapses, or incidents when the train of thought temporarily seems to jump its tracks, as ‘senior moments,'” said lead researcher Dr. James Galvin, an associate professor of neurology. “It has never been clear as to whether these lapses could lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.


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