People who are suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease may find it harder to prioritise between different information. Researchers at the University of Washington in St Louis studied 198 people, including 109 healthy older adults, 41 people with very-early Alzheimer's, 13 people with early Alzheimer's and 35 younger adults. The participants were asked to study and learn new words each of which had a different point value. All the participants learnt more high-value words but those with Alzheimer's were less able to prioritise the high-value ones.
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