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HHS HealthBeat (June 13, 2013)

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Survey data from 21 states find that about 1 in 8 people age 60 and older report some amount of confusion or memory loss. The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at people who reported this happening more or getting worse over the previous 12 months.

CDC researcher Angela Deokar says some memory loss can be normal and won’t keep people from full and productive lives. She says more serious problems include getting lost in familiar places, trouble handling money or paying bills, repeating questions, and personality changes.

“Just because a person shows some of these signs does not mean that they have a serious problem or a disease, but it is important to discuss these symptoms with family and health care providers.”

The study is in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 13, 2013