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Reported January 15, 2014

Simple Take-Home Test Helps Spot Early Alzheimer’s

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have confirmed that the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE test), which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, is a reliable tool for evaluating cognitive abilities.

For the analysis, researchers visited 45 community events where they asked 1,047 people to take a self-administered test to screen for early cognitive loss or dementia.  Twenty-eight percent were identified with cognitive impairment.  Study participants were tested on orientation (month, date, and year); reasoning/computation (abstraction and calculation); language (verbal fluency and picture naming); visuospatial (three-dimensional construction and clock drawing); executive (problem solving); and memory abilities.

The SAGE test can also be taken at home by patients, who can then share their results with their doctors to help spot early symptoms of cognitive issues like Alzheimer’s disease. 

For more information, go to: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom/releases/Pages/SAGE-TEST-USEFUL-TO-SCREEN-FOR-MEMORY-DISORDERS-IN-COMMUNITY-SETTINGS,-OHIO-STATE-STUDY-SHOWS.aspx

SOURCE: The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, January 2014

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