Q. Why are early memory screenings important for everyone and not just seniors?
Your question appears to suggest that you believe early memory screenings are recommended or important for everyone and not just for seniors. Is that correct? If so, what is your definition of “early?” I am unaware of recommendations that it is important for everyone to have early memory screenings. The National Institute of Health states that early memory screening is beneficial for:
- Those who have experienced age-related memory loss
- Those who are 65 years of age or older.
NIH also states that screening in clinical settings is clearly appropriate for individuals whose risk is above a certain threshold. For example, this would include persons older than the age of 75 years. In addition, some recommend this for individuals who have experienced any type of Traumatic Brain Injury.
My brain’s opinion is that screening is important if there is an indication for it. Otherwise, people spent time, money, and resources on something they likely do not require.