New Diagnosis for Dementia Called MBI

Mild Behavioral Impairment (MBI) is a new diagnosis for dementia that experts have come up with and was recently announced at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto. MBI can hopefully help doctors recognize brain changes that may lead to conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia disease. The sooner these types of conditions can be identified, the better chances of  earlier treatments and better care for patients at risk.

Signs of  sadness, irritability, becoming anxious, rude, or disinterested among older adults ( going on for at least six months or loner) could be signs of MBI. An MBI checklist is also in the works of being developed for physicians to use as well. This will examine behaviors involving one’s mood, level of motivation, impulse control, social appropriateness, and sensory experiences. However, more research is required before this can be officially MBI checklist can be used. Also announced at the Alzheimer’s Association conference this week, newer ways this disease may soon be detected earlier!

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you are not alone. Please contact the Alzheimer’s Association for information, education, and support.

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