Are there on-line tests for dementia?

Many people wonder as they age if they are getting dementia.

If there is significant concern, the patient should see their physician for a complete evaluation.  It is important to remember that there is no single test that can diagnose dementia!  Specialist evaluation and extensive medical testing is required.

There are some on-line tools that may be helpful if patients want to do a self-assessment for mild complaints, but again it is very important to remember that no one test is diagnostic, and that seeing a physician is vital for diagnosis.

One such test is the SAGE test (Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination.  This is a 15 minute test.  This test is available online:

https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/brain-spine-neuro/memory-disorders/sage.

Another test is the Mini-Cog Alzheimer’s test.  This  needs to be performed with another person.

https://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2009/03/mini-cog-test-for-alzheimers-and.html

An abnormal score on one of these tests is no cause for panic.  Following test results over time and seeing a physician is important if there are concerns.

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