(Story from CBS News)
With more and more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, doctors say it's critical to identify problems with memory and thinking as soon as possible. Now a simple test could help spot the early signs of the disease.
Researchers at Ohio State University say a simple, self-administered test can help spot cognitive changes. The four page test , which was given to people 50 and older, measured language, reasoning, problem solving and memory. Researchers hope the test will help catch cognitive changes earlier so doctors can start treatment right away.
"Patients just come in too late to be identified. They come into their doctors office perhaps 3 or 4 years after people have noticed specific cognitive issues," said Dr. Douglas Scharre, Director of Cognitive Neurology At Ohio State University.
Dr. Scharre says the test can be taken anywhere and it takes less than 15 minutes. Previous research shows it can detect 80 percent of people with mild thinking and memory issues.
Researchers say people who take the test should talk to their doctor before interpreting results... and they caution the study does not diagnose a person with Alzheimer's disease.
Here is a link to the test: