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Q: early dementia test

i am on line and cannot find the early dementia test. how can i get it.

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Dorian Martin, Health Guide
11/ 4/08 6:30pm

Hi, William,

 

Here's the link to Jacqueline Marcell's post on the dementia test:

http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/43/2643/free-test-early

 

I'd also encourage you to contact your physician to learn more about testing. There may be other reasons for memory loss other than Alzheimer's so it's best to work with a doctor to determine what's going on.

 

Take care and keep us posted!

 

Dorian 

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
11/ 5/08 9:34am

The online test is a good start, but if you are truly concerned, it's good to have your mediations checked for interactions or side effects and nutrients like B12 checked as many things can mimic Alzheimer's or other dementias. Then a physician can determine if you should be further evaluated for Alzheimer's disease.

 

Thanks for checking in,

Carol

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AFA Social Services, Health Guide
11/ 5/08 2:31pm

Diagnosing dementia in the early stages is important in order to facilitate proper treatment interventions.  The first step in addressing memory concerns consists of being educated about possible causes of memory problems and how to get properly tested. Proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia is critical since there are other causes of memory problems that could exhibit the same symptoms.  For instance, memory loss can be caused by reversible conditions such as vitamin deficiencies, depression or thyroid problems. It can also be caused by irreversible conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. Clinicians can now diagnose "probable" Alzheimer's disease by taking a complete medical history and conducting lab tests, a brain scan and other neuropsychological tests. The sooner an accurate diagnosis of "probable" Alzheimer's disease is made, the easier it is to manage symptoms and plan for the future. Alzheimer's disease can be diagnosed with up to 90 percent accuracy. But it can only be confirmed by an autopsy, during which pathologists look for the disease's characteristic plaques and tangles in brain tissue.


The Alzheimer's Foundation of America suggests that you speak to your primary healthcare provider about being tested--a face-to-face discussion and testing, rather than an online test.

In addition, AFA sponsors National Memory Screening Day each year to provide free confidential memory screenings to the public, both those concerned about memory problems and those who want to establish a baseline score for future comparison. It is coming up on November 18, 2008. A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional. However, it is very helpful in order to test your memory, language skills, thinking ability, and other intellectual functions.  If the screening raises concern, it is vital to follow up with your doctor or other healthcare professional as soon as possible.  You can visit our website at www.nationalmemoryscreening.org in order to find a participating site in your area.   

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NC, Community Member
11/ 6/08 10:45am

I think usually you go to the family doctor and ask for reference and you can get the test at the psychologists or neurologists' places. There are behavior tests and these are standard as the psychiatrist or neurologist knows pretty much the pattern of the staging of Alzheimers or dementia today. Sometimes note that the family doctor may not be eager to do that and they are not the one who can do dementia test unless they are so specialize in this. Also, some family doctors may not like to do that because some doctors are bound by the old school thoughts that they are more conservative to determine you have dementia or not. Usually they would say you have depression. That was what happened to my father-in-law: at first he went for the test just to see if he can drive and he had been diagnosed wtih depression in 2004/2005 until Nov, 2006 when the psychiatirst diagnosed him with Alzheimer's disease.

 

I would not recommend you get the test online - these online tests are just to give you the taste and you can try for fun. But if you really think you fail the online tests, you should go to the family doctors for the referral of the specialists.

I think I played with it some months ago and found some tests like IQ test kind of thing. But these are NOT for diagnosis of dementia. Maybe it is for practice or brain exercise.

 

Take care,

Nina

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eve marsh, Community Member
3/10/09 2:32pm

Therer is no nformation to review!

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bb, Community Member
9/25/09 1:07pm

ok

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