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The Daily Pennsylvanian: Penn study finds older adults, loved ones have similar response to Alzheimer’s risk diagnosis

From The Daily Pennsylvanian: A Penn Medicine study found that both older adults and their loved ones had similar responses to news of the risk of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and conducted by researchers from the Penn Memory Center, studied the implications of older adults and their loved ones receiving news of their potential risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers tested cognitively unimpaired adults for the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and found that many of the patients’ loved ones were negatively impacted when they learned about a loved one’s risk diagnosis, the Penn Memory Center reported. “In the end, we saw that family members’ reactions were very similar to how individuals themselves react,” lead researcher and Perelman School of Medicine professor Emily Largent told the Penn Memory Center. Read the full story in The Daily Pennsylvanian.