Subjective Memory Complaints: Assessment of Dementia

  • This term refers to a situation where there are subjective memory complaints but normal testing based on age and educational norms.
  • This patient is best managed by addressing modifiable risk factors; smoking, dyslipidaemia, diabetes, hypertension, alcohol consumption, exercise.
  • Advise patient to return if any progression of symptoms.
  • It is important to be aware of individuals that have a very high pre-morbid IQ. As a result of their high intellectual capacity these individuals may score within the normal range for their age and education making the diagnosis very difficult.
  • Direct the individual to further resources on dementia prevention:
    • See PDF document below on dementia prevention
    • Link below to 'Brain Health' website run by Trinity College Dublin

Further Reading