Friday, February 3, 2012

Geriatric Assessments - they can take 10 minutes

Self-Test For Memory Disorders

Do you want to know if you are vulnerable? Memory is an important part of who we are.

This is a self-administered test to screen for early dementia. It is good for those who may experience symptoms, and caregivers, to understand the processing of their brains.

 Many of the movies about dementia are awfully flaky, with minimal reality about the truth of dementia and its disease progression. A self-administered test to screen for early dementia could help speed the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of memory disorders, including Alzheimer's disease.

This is why I wrote my book, to show people how violent, angry, and irritable patients become, based on my Dad's and the experiences of others in his long-term care facility. The reality is most disturbing for many.

The handwritten self-assessment takes about 15 minutes to complete. It appears to be a reliable tool for evaluating cognitive abilities.

Geriatric Assessments

Douglas Scharre, a neurologist at the Ohio State University Medical Center, developed the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) to help identify individuals with mild thinking and memory impairments at an early stage. The research shows four out of five people (80 percent) with mild thinking and memory (cognitive) issues will be detected by this test, and 95% of people who are normal thinking will have normal SAGE scores.

Scharre, who provides the tests at
Sherman, F.T. n.d. The 10 minute geriatric assessment.
Here is one from Slideshare

Solomon, P.R., et al. 1998. Ten-minute geriatric assessment. Arch Neurology, JJ, March 1998, 349–55. Retrieved online May 14, 2008, from

1 comment:

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jenn: Pretty easy test, I guess I'm not in trouble yet.