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Friday, October 19, 2012

Test Your Memory for Dementia at Home


The research behind the Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination (SAGE) shows that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues caused by Alzheimer's, a related dementia, or a curable memory problem will be detected by this test.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Test Your Memory for Dementia at Home
Each day, on average, over 600 people who have never visited the Alzheimer's Reading Room before come to the website looking for information on how to test memory.

They are looking specifically for memory tests that are available to use at home, and tests that are free and available in the public domain.

The most frequently visited page that contains this information is -- Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's (5 Best Tests).

The second most frequently visited page of this type is -- Test Your Memory (TYM) for Alzheimer's Disease in Five Minutes. This is a UK specific test.

The best of the memory test that is available for in home use is -- Test Your Memory for Dementia in 15 Minutes (SAGE). I believe this because the research behind the test is very good, and because the test and the information for scoring the test are easily obtained via a simple download.

The research behind the Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination (SAGE) shows that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues will be detected by this test. It also shows that ninety-five percent (95) of people who are normal thinking (memory) will have normal SAGE scores.

Here is another popular test that is not included on my page of 5 best - Alzheimer's Test, the Alzheimer's Questionnaire.


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Two days ago on television Dr. Oz talked about a memory test that is available on his website. More than 1,000 new and unique readers came to the Alzheimer's Reading Room via search engines looking for the test -- Dr Oz Alzheimer's Memory Quiz (Test).

On October 15, I published a new article on the Clock Draw Test for Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Some readers commented that even though their loved one lives with dementia they can still draw a clock.

Let me add some information to that article here.

First, the clock draw test is an assessment test, it is not a diagnostic test for Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The test is designed to help doctors spot dementia early on. A suspicious score on the test would alert a doctor that a complete battery of tests to test for memory problems are warranted. It could, and probably should, lead to a referral to a memory specialist, most likely a neurologist specializing in dementia.

Second, the clock draw test is only 65-68 percent predictive of mild cognitive impairment or dementia. This means that only 65 percent of patients tested go on to get a diagnosis of MCI, Alzheimer's, or a related dementia.

Third, the clock draw test is used by personal care doctors because it is easy to administer, can be done in small amount of time, and is free -- they don't have to pay a royalty to use it.

The bottom line. Some dementia patients can draw a clock. Some people who cannot draw the clock go on to be diagnosed with a non-dementia illness. And quite frankly, some people can't draw it and there is nothing of major import, or the reason why they can't draw it is often already known.

Some doctors use the Clock Draw Test along with the three word test, Mini-Cog, to increase the validity of the test.

All of the memory tests that are available on or through the Alzheimer's Reading Room are assessments tests. They are designed to help determine if more specific tests like family history, blood tests, and brain scans should be used to rule in ir rule out possible dementia or another treatable illness.



Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room