There is a website you can find online that will offer you free self-assessments to help you determine if you may be starting to develop Alzheimer's and related dementia. There are 5 tests you can take.
The first one is called "Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination" (SAGE), and shows that four out of five people (80 percent) with memory issues will be detected by this test. Ninety-five percent of people who are normal thinking, will have normal SAGE scores. The test is provided by the The Ohio State University Medical Center.
No doubt, those of us over 50 have noticed that sometimes our memory doesn't seem to be as good as it is at other times. If you don't like the results you get from these tests, make sure you read one of my other posts titled Food for thought. If you follow the 10 strategies strategies outlined in that article, then you might consider re-taking the tests.
Note: the website that offers the tests says " If you decide to administer one or more of these memory tests, and the results of the memory test seems suspicious, you should consult with your personal care physician or a neurologist for a more thorough memory examination and diagnosis."
Some of you may find this test more frightening then you care to admit, so I'm not going to mention the others ones in this post. But if you want to take all five, just click here to go to the website now.
Even if you don't do as well as you think you should in the tests, please keep in mind that symptoms can be caused by numerous factors, such as:
- Metabolic and endocrine abnormalities too much or too little thyroid hormone or cortisol are examples);
- Brain Lesions (tumors, collections of blood called subdural hematomas, and abscesses);
- Infection (meningitis, encephalitis, syphilis, to name a few);
- Impaired cerebral spinal fluid flow causing normal pressure hydrocephalus;
- Radiation to the brain, or brain trauma;
- and medication side-effects.
Even severe depression can also cause dementia. This is why medical, neurologic, and psychiatric assessments are essential parts of the initial evaluation of dementia.
I've published other articles on Alzheimer's. If you would like to read them too, you can find them by clicking the Alzheimer’s tag here, or at the bottom of this post (under the Facebook comments)
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