Acreemagnosia (loss of financial knowledge) : a symptom of functional and cognitive loss in frail elderly

Kozlova, Irina and Parra, Mario A. and Della Sala, Sergio (2018) Acreemagnosia (loss of financial knowledge) : a symptom of functional and cognitive loss in frail elderly. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33 (2). pp. 434-435. ISSN 1099-1166

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    Abstract

    The ability to maintain one's own finances is a complex function that relies on several cognitive constructs. Its decline is argued to be an early symptom of dementia and a strong predictor of future cognitive decline (Marson et al., 2000). The impairment in financial abilities and the lack of awareness of such deficits carry considerable social and legal impact and are among the primary factors precluding independent life and requiring legal assistance. Despite its relevance, little attention has been paid to this common symptom. To highlight the specificity of the symptom, we suggest a term to define it: Acreemagnosia, from the Ancient Greek ἀ‐ (a‐, ‘lack of’), χρήμα (creema, ‘money’) and γνωσιακή (gnôsis, ‘knowledge’).