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Tracking Changes In The Brain Through Daily Tasks


Developing dementia or cognitive impairment is not like catching a cold... patients don't suddenly develop symptoms, in most cases.

So it helps medical pros and researchers when they can track changes in behaviors that can indicate changes in the brain. 

Adriana Seelye at the aging and Alzheimer's center at Oregon Health & Science University has a plan for tracking those changes through the monitoring of simple household tasks. 

And she's got a grant from the Alzheimer's Association to turn the plan into a real treatment tool. 

Dr. Seelye, a neuropsychologist, talks about her vision.   


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.