Self-Reporting Tool Lets Dementia Patients Monitor Symptoms

You know how a blood pressure cuff makes it so patients can measure their blood pressure levels from the comfort of their own home? Something similar is now available for patients with dementia.

Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the IU Center for Aging Research in Indianapolis have developed the Healthy Aging Brain Center Monitor (HABC) to measure 27 items on a four-point scale of cognitive, functional, and psychological symptoms. It’s reliable, sensitive, and an easier-than-ever way for patients to keep track of cognitive decline and improvement. The patient version comes on the heels of a successful version designed for caregivers in 2012.

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