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When sleep apnea masquerades as dementia

Trouble concentrating and diminished memory can be classic symptoms of dementia – however, they could also be symptoms of sleep apnea, in disguise. A woman complained of these same symptoms when she visited an Alzheimer’s specialist at the Mayo Clinic, and although the woman was only in her 60s, the doctor agreed that she was probably developing dementia.

When asked about her quality of sleep, she reported that she hadn’t noticed any problems, but fortunately her son noted that she “snores like a freight train.” Typically snoring is a condition that people either don’t know they have, or are embarrassed mention, but in this case it was the key to her diagnosis.

You can read the rest of the blog post about sleep apnea and dementia on our Sereno blog website.

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