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:

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

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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