Screening for Alzheimers Disease
Screening Tests or GuidelinesThere are several tests that doctors may use to screen for Alzheimers disease. Examples include:
- Neurological exam—to test the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles) for evidence of other neurological disorders
- Wechsler's Logical Memory and Visual Reproduction and Kendrick Object Learning Test—may be used if you have symptoms of depression
- Seven-Minute Screen
- Mini-Mental State Exam
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
- Memory Impairment Screening
- Self-assessment cognitive test—this is a test that you take on your own to assess your memory
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- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014