Is There Any Screen Test for Dementia?

Q:
Is there any screen test for dementia?

A:
In brief, several tests are available to screen for dementias. While screening tests shouldn’t replace a full diagnosis, they are appropriate for identifying potential cognitive problems in people.

  1. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE): measures aspects of cognition, such as orientation, word recall, attention and calculation, language abilities, and visual construction.
  2. Mini-Cog: determines whether someone does or does not have dementia.
  3. Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA): helps determine quickly whether a person has abnormal cognitive function.
  4. Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam (SLUMS): identifies people with more mild cognitive problems that don’t yet rise to level of dementia.
  5. AD8 Informant Interview: an 8-item questionnaire that distinguishes between people who have dementia and people who don’t.
  6. The Clock-Drawing Test for Alzheimer’s: suggest problems with memory, executive function, or visuospatial abilities.
  7. The 7 Minute Screen: is effective in identifying mild cognitive impairment.
  8. The SAGE At-Home Test: evaluates several different areas including memory, orientation, executive functioning, language and naming abilities and visual spatial abilities.

Finally, remember that screening tests are tools that help identify possible concerns. And for certainment, more complete testing would be appropriate.

 

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