Nov 19, 2008

A Simple Three Minute Test Can Detect the Earliest Stage of Alzheimer's Disease

A Simple Three Minute Test Can Detect Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Reading Room
  • Ten Million Baby Boomers are likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s during their lifetime.
  • While it is not well known, every 71 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Alzheimer's and dementia are very difficult to diagnose in the earliest stage.
  • It is not unusual for persons suffering from dementia to drive, shop for groceries, and interact effectively with their friends.
  • They suffer from a mild cognitive impairment that has not yet been recognized as the onset of Alzheimer's.
  • They go undiagnosed and the disease worsens until some event alerts a friend, family member, or doctor of a cognitive problem.
  • It is well documented that early detection of Alzheimer's is critical to treating the disease.

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A team of researchers developed a rapid screening test designed to detect this early form of cognitive impairment. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is often a precursor of Alzheimer's disease.

The study shows that the combination of a very brief three-minute cognitive screening test, called the Mini-Cog (MC), with a Functional Activities Questionnaire (FAQ) -- administered to a family member or friend -- could accurately identify individuals with MCI and undiagnosed dementia.

Prior to the development of this test, the diagnosis of MCI required a 40-60 minute test. The new three minute test showed a 74 percent accuracy rate for diagnosing people with mild cognitive impairment.
And the now the good news, the test can be administered by a family member or friend and requires no formal training.
For an explanation and more details follow the link below.

The Mini-Cog Test for Alzheimer's and Dementia


Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room