Test at home could detect early Alzheimer's
It’s best to detect and treat Alzheimer’s as early as possible. According to a study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, a new test may be able to help.
The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) is a 15-minute written test that assesses different cognitive capabilities—such as orientation, language, reasoning, visuospatial, problem-solving and memory—to determine any potential impairment. The highest score possible is 22 points. Losing six or more points may indicate that it may be time for a person to see a doctor.
Researchers at Ohio State University put SAGE to the test. They asked 1,047 individuals age 50 and older to take the exam at 45 different community events. The results showed 28 percent of the test takers had some cognitive troubles. Afterward, all participants received their scores, along with additional written materials, and were encouraged to discuss the results with their doctors.
Earlier research had discovered that 80 percent of people with mild cognitive impairment had some trouble with the test and that 95 percent of people with zero cognitive impairment received normal scores. The hope is this simple test that can be taken anywhere will help detect signs of Alzheimer’s as soon as possible and lead to early treatment.