Mild Memory Complaints - Early Symptoms Matter!
In the recent Farrer Park Hospital Continuing Medical Education (CME), Dr Tan Hong Yee shared with the General Practitioners (GPs) on Mild Cognitive Impairment, and why early symptoms matter.
Dementia is increasingly becoming a healthcare concern in Singapore, with a prevalence of between 5-10% in persons above 60 years of age. However, this probably represents only the tip of the iceberg, as many patients only present when symptoms have progressed, or with the emergence of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).
In this talk, Dr Tan discussed the spectrum of mild memory complaints frequently seen in the primary care setting. He shared on the approach to determine if these symptoms are of concern, needing further evaluation and monitoring. Dr Tan also shared on the latest updates regarding pre-dementia states and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).
Benefits of Early Diagnosis & Treatment
With the progression and improvement in the healthcare system, our society is looking into early detection and early treatment for better outcome. This is similar for mental health conditions, including mild memory symptoms, cognitive impairment and dementia. Dr Tan encouraged GPs to pick up the early signs of cognitive impairment. He emphasized on the importance by demonstrating evidence that brain changes occur before people notice the symptoms of dementia. He also shared tips on how to slow down cognitive decline and answered questions on diet and supplements for the brain. He also shared results of studies on the usefulness of lifestyle changes as well as social connectivity on our brain and mental health.
We would like to thank all the doctors for their attendance as well as their active participation! We hope that with this sharing, there will be increased awareness of symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment, as part of our effort to encourage early detection and timely treatment, for a better and more successful ageing in the community.