Thanks to improvements in treatment and the changing demographics of when people are diagnosed with HIV, the majority of people living with HIV (PLWH) are over the age of 50 years in the US, with the Michigan statistics being 44%. Because advancing age and common comorbid conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes) increase the risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) and also appear frequently in PLWH, it is becoming increasingly important that HIV clinicians are able to differentiate between symptoms of HAND and MCI/AD for proper treatment.
In this presentation, attendees will learn:
- Common changes in cognition that can be seen among PLWH
- Shared comorbid features leading to potential increases in cognitive difficulties in HAND and MCI/AD
- Which cognitive or behavioral symptoms evident in PLWH may require a more comprehensive evaluation
- Basic health behaviors and risk prevention for both HAND and MCI/AD