Most of them begin to suffer from forgetfulness with age. However, it is often difficult to understand whether this is simply a consequence of aging or a sign of a serious illness. The answer to this question will help a test created by scientists from Wexner Medical Center, the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and the College of Public Health.
In an eight-year study, researchers followed 665 patients at the Ohio State Center for Cognitive and Memory Disorders. It turned out that the SAGE (self-guided cognitive examination) test can detect mild cognitive impairment. Moreover, those who had these disorders were eventually diagnosed with dementia at least six months earlier. Of the 164 participants with mild cognitive impairment, 70 developed dementia as a result. The research results are published in the journal Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy.
The test can be completed in just 10-15 minutes. In total, it includes 11 items and tests memory, the ability to perform calculations, etc.
Dr. Douglas Sharr, head of the cognitive neuroscience department at the Ohio Wexner Medical Center and lead author of the study, notes that this test should be taken every time you notice yourself or others have memory problems. If in a year and a half the result has decreased by two or three points, then this is a reason to consult a doctor and start treatment.
In addition, a digital version of the SAGE test will be developed. It will be called BrainTest.