DENVER — A test developed by researchers at Ohio State University may help identify early signs of Alzheimer’s.
A research team at the university’s Wexner Medical Center came up with the test called Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE). It can help medical professionals examine a person’s cognitive abilities.
“What we found was that this SAGE self-administered test correlated very well with detailed cognitive testing,” Dr. Douglas Scharre, director of the Division of Cognitive Neurology and head of the Memory Disorders Research Center at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, said in a press release. “If we catch this cognitive change really early, then we can start potential treatments much earlier than without having this test.”
The test takes 15 minutes and has 22 questions and can be taken at home. The results are then analyzed by a doctor.
The test cannot diagnose Alzheimer’s, but it can detect lapses in a patient’s thinking skills that may be a warning sign of the disease or other mental illnesses like dementia.
Previous studies showed that 80 percent of people with mild thinking and memory problems would be identified by the SAGE test, while 95 percent of people without cognitive issues would not receive a worrisome score.
Examples of the test:
– You are buying $1.95 of groceries. How much change would you receive back from a $5 bill?
– Draw a large face of a clock and place in the numbers. Position the hands for 10 minutes after 11 o’clock. On your clock, label “L” for the long hand and “S” for the short hand.