Aug 27, 2018

How to Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's and Dementia (5 Best Tests)

These five memory tests for Alzheimer's and dementia are designed to detect early signs of cognitive impairment, memory loss, or problems with judgement or thinking.

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These are the best free memory tests for Alzheimer's and dementia that are backed by reputable science.

They are reliable tests for the detection of both Alzheimer's and dementia.

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1. Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's Dementia in 15 Minutes (SAGE)

Known as the Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination (SAGE) this dementia test is highly recommended for testing memory. The SAGE test is a a 15 question written exam (quiz) that is used for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.

Research indicates that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues will be detected by this test.

SAGE is a reliable tool for evaluating memory and cognitive ability. Findings confirming the validity of the tool were reported in the journal Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders.

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2. Alzheimer's Clock Draw Test

Drawing a clock by hand is one of several useful screening tools that can help to detect mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or Alzheimer's. This dementia test can help you, or your doctor, differentiate between normal aging and possible dementia.

If you administer the test on your own and find the results either disconcerting or suspicious, schedule an appointment with your personal care physician. Take the copy of the clock test with you to the doctor appointment, and show the test to the doctor.

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3. The Mini-Cog Test for Alzheimer's and Dementia

The Mini-Cog is a simple three minute test that is useful in detecting mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or an early stage of Alzheimer's. The research study showed that the test has a high degree of accuracy (83 percent).

4. Test Your Memory (TYM) for Alzheimer's or Dementia in Five Minutes

This test is designed for people that live in England. Results were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The TYM is a series of 10 tasks including ability to copy a sentence, semantic knowledge, calculation, verbal fluency and recall ability. The ability to do the test is also scored. Each task carries a score with a maximum score of 50 points available. The test is designed to use minimal operator time and to be suitable for non-specialist use.

5. Dr Oz Alzheimer's Memory Quiz (Test)

This memory quiz is based of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VAMC) St. Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) examination and is an assessment tool for informational and entertainment purposes only.

If you decide to administer one or more of these memory tests, and the results of the memory test seems suspicious, you should consult with your personal care physician or a neurologist for a more thorough memory examination and diagnosis.

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