SELF TEST FOR DEMENTIA
ANCHOR LEAD: PEOPLE CAN NOW ASSESS THE PRESENCE OF DEMENTIA WITH A SELF TEST, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
You can now take a look at the likelihood that you have dementia by yourself, using a self test developed and validated by British researchers. The test is comprised of tasks that assess memory in many of its aspects, and requires about 15 minutes or so to complete. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, applauds its development.
BELLANTONI: This type of research offers an individual the opportunity to check themselves in the privacy of their own home when there is quiet and when one finds impairment one can begin to consider evaluations and treatment with a behavioral approach for cognitive exercise, so to speak. Memory drills, using crossword puzzles, and physical activity too. Also to have a system in place to manage cognitive impairment as it progresses. :27
Bellantoni says the test by itself is not a definitive diagnosis but points to the need for further expert assessment. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.