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A test for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease

More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's, and when you add their caregivers to the list, the number of people impacted by the disease is greater still. While there is no known cure, early detection can help patients and their families prepare for future health costs and caretaking needs, and also give them time to sort out who will manage finances and other household duties. One effective way to detect early signs of dementia is the SAGE test, developed over five years ago at Ohio State University. Information about this test -- and this useful NYT Q&A -- are good tools to share with clients who are aging and who have a history of Alzheimer's in their families. It may also be a tool for agents selling long-term care insurance, helping them calculate risk and ensure that clients have adequate protection in plac

—Allison Bell
The test could be a good selling tool for agents selling LTCI, helping them calculate risk and ensure that clients have adequate protection.

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