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How can cognitive tests help in the diagnosis of dementia?

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There’s no single test that will tell your doctor if you have dementia. It’s a process.

Cognitive tests measure your ability to think. They focus on things like memory, counting, reasoning, and language skills.

For example, your doctor might ask you to draw a clock and mark the hands at a specific time, or give you a short list of words and ask you to remember and repeat them. She also might ask you to make easy calculations, such as counting backward from 100 by seven.

From: How Do Doctors Diagnose Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Stanford Health Care: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

NEJM Catalyst: “We Need More Geriatricians, Not More Primary Care Physicians."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Stanford Health Care: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

NEJM Catalyst: “We Need More Geriatricians, Not More Primary Care Physicians."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2018

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