Senior Screenings for Brain Health

Evaluations may help detect cognitive disorders

A 2015 consensus panel of the ­International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics agreed that it was time for all seniors over 70 to undergo brain health screenings. Experts say that annual evaluation of memory and reasoning ability can help detect early signs of cognitive disorder. Some of the causes for those findings can be reversed and treated, said the panel.

The group recommended:

•    Eating a Mediterranean-type diet, emphasizing olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and whole grains
•    Exercising, including resistance training and tai chi
•    Managing cardiovascular conditions
•    Memory training exercises