Older women who complain of poor memory may be at greater risk for cognitive impairment almost 20 years later, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology.

Study coauthor Alison Kaup, PhD, of the University of California-San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center, notes that previous studies have suggested memory complaints among older women can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory and thinking disorders.

The memory problems of each participant were assessed with one question asked several times over an 18-year period: “Do you feel you have more problems with memory than most?” Participants were required to answer with a “yes” or “no.”

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