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CONy 2022 | Financial capacity assessment in dementia patients: a new prediction tool for disease progression?

Magda Tsolaki, MD, PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, discusses financial capacity in patients with dementia. Many psychologists worked in this field to determine when patients with cognitive difficulty demonstrate loss of financial capacity. Following studies across different stages of dementia and cognitive decline, it was determined that many patients were unable to deal with financial problems. This led to the idea that perhaps memory loss is not the first symptom of dementia – and that difficulty in calculating financial issues is. There is still no gold standard for establishing the likelihood of developing dementia from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Therefore, there is potential in utilizing a questionnaire on financial problems to help identify when MCI patients are more likely to progress to dementia – making this a prosperous avenue in dementia research. This interview took place during the 2022 World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) meeting.