This Simple Tool Predicts Dementia Risk
Researchers in Canada have developed a new method to track cognitive function in aging adults and help physicians identify people those who are showing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The tool, called the QuoCo, is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
The QuoCo, which stands for “cognitive quotient,” is a type of chart similar to growth charts used by pediatricians. It allows physicians to plot cognitive performance based on the patient’s age, education, and score on the Mini-Mental State Examination, and track cognitive change over time. The goal is to identify at-risk patients earlier – before irreversible damage occurs. The researchers designed QuoCo to be used by family physicians and other health care providers.