NPR story: Alzheimer's Screening Often Left Out of Seniors Wellness Exams
This week, I want to highlight a news story on NPR a couple of weeks ago on the role of cognitive screening in primary care. Medicare covers an Annual Wellness Visit and one of the components of this type of visit is "Screen for cognitive impairment, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia". The NPR story highlights that this often is not being done in the wellness visit and discusses some of the reasons why. I hope by helping bring awareness to this issue, you can help your physician by speaking up and asking for this aspect of your wellness exam.