Researchers at Ohio State University believe a test will help detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments.
The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam or SAGE is designed to detect the early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments and helps you and your doctor know how well your brain is working. The tests consist of four forms – but you only have to fill out one – and asks questions about health and mental status, dates, pictures and other critical thinking skills.
Once the test is complete, you can take it to your primary care physician who will score it and interpret the results. If needed, your doctor will order further tests to evaluate your symptoms or refer you for further evaluation.
According to the university, more than 1,000 people age 50 and over were given the test, and 28 percent of them had some form of cognitive impairment.
“It could lead to dementia being diagnosed earlier,” said Dr. Douglas Scharre, Director of Cognitive Neurology at Ohio State. “This self-administered test correlated very well with detailed cognitive testing.”
Neurologists say that the earlier the detection of the impairments, the quicker they can begin treatments.