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Visual Association Test may better predict dementia in older adults

A study in the Annals of Family Medicine showed that older adults with a two-point decline in total Mini-Mental State Examination scores over two years and those who had an imperfect Visual Association Test score as well as a one-point drop in MMSE score over two years had a 3.55 and 9.55 odds ratio for developing dementia, respectively, with a single-point reduction in MMSE score tied to a twofold likelihood of dementia in the event of an imperfect VAT score. The findings suggest that the VAT may help differentiate those at high risk of dementia who require additional examinations from those who only need watchful waiting.

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