Simple Quiz Detects Alzheimer's Early

Friday, 20 Jun 2014 05:10 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A group of Ohio doctors has developed a simple four-page quiz that can help reveal dementia early on, allowing patients to get their affairs and finances in order.
 
The test was developed over by a team led by Douglas W. Scharre, M.D., a neurologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Known as the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination, or SAGE, it can be completed in about 15 minutes by patients at home, or while in the waiting room at the doctor's office and is now used at nationally, The New York Times reports.

Dr. Scharre said physicians would screen older patients for possible memory and thinking problems during routine office visits.
 
Early detection of Alzheimer's is important because drugs used to treat its symptoms and slow its progression are most effective when given in the initial stages of the incurable condition.
 
ALERT: These 7 Things Activate Alzheimer’s In Your Brain

Catching symptoms in the earlier stages can help families plan for the necessary, and often costly, care that lies ahead, which adds up to roughly $57,000 on average, by some estimates.
 
Dr. James E. Galvin, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center who has used the SAGE test with patients, said early detection can also let patients have a say in how their care is structured, and get their finances and personal affairs in order.
 
Nearly five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and up to 22 percent more of those over age 60 have mild cognitive impairment.
 
The SAGE test is done using paper and pencil and includes questions on language, reasoning, problem-solving, and memory skills. Research found that about 80 percent of people with mild thinking and memory problems will be detected by the test, while 95 percent of people with no problems will have normal SAGE scores.

-

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Food Pesticide Residue Nothing to Worry About: USDA

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 10:26 AM

More than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pestic . . .

Beware of Holiday Allergy Triggers

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 10:16 AM

The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles an . . .

Diagnose Your Kid's Ear Infection With Your iPhone

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:15 PM

Diagnosing your kid's ear infections might soon be as simple as taking a video on your smartphone. . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved