New Tool Can Help Physicians, Patients Monitor Cognitive Decline

Elderly woman
Elderly woman
The HABC Monitor could be an important tool in the early detection of Alzheimer's and dementia.

A new tool may provide a simple and reliable way to detect and monitor cognitive, functional, and psychological symptoms in aging adults, according to the tool’s developers, who are from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research, in Indianapolis.

The Healthy Aging Brain Care (HABC) Monitor “helps busy physicians accurately measure and monitor the severity of symptoms, providing valuable information that the patient’s entire care team needs,” Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, notes in a statement.

“We have been using this tool in the Eskenazi Health System for more than 2 years,” Dr Boustani, medical director of the Eskenazi Health Healthy Aging Brain Center, in Indianapolis, told Medscape Medical News.

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