Risk for dementia increases with age. After age 60, one in nine people will be diagnosed with dementia. Past age 80, that number increase to one in three. For this reason, Dr. Gayatri Devi, board-certified neurologist and author of The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease, urges people to get a baseline cognitive evaluation to assess their memory and brain function and as a basis of comparison for future evaluations. A baseline evaluation is a series of questions and tests administered by a neuropsychologist. It can help differentiate between normal, age-related forgetfulness and other potentially treatable conditions.

To learn more from Dr. Devi, visit her website or purchase her latest book, The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease.