LEAD Coalition urges USPSTF to upgrade its draft recommendation on cognitive screenings for people 65 and older

On October 7, 163 LEAD Coalition member organizations and allies wrote to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to urge that its recommendation be revised to encourage health care providers to screen older patients for cognitive impairment. Further, the LEAD Coalition wrote that screening should be conducted in health care settings by staff who are appropriately trained to use screening test(s) and with procedures in place for follow-up including evaluation to diagnose the cause of any detected cognitive impairment, treatments to reduce modifiable causes, and ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of diagnosed dementia and support people with dementia and their caregivers.  Read the letter here.