Online Buzz: Testing for Early Cognitive Troubles

How are a bicycle and a train similar? How many nickels are in 35 cents? These are two of the questions in a short assessment called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) that helps detect early signs of cognitive, memory and thinking difficulties. With just a pen and paper, test takers can answer the simple 22 questions in roughly 10–15 minutes.

SAGE was developed by researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to discover possible cognitive dysfunction at an early, more treatable level. The research team gathered test results from 1,047 individuals age 50 and older and found that 28 percent showed signs of mental impairment. People who missed six or more questions were advised to see their personal physician. The SAGE study was published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, and the research team notes that the cognitive slowing may be a result of mini-strokes, dementia, sleep apnea, medications and other health conditions.

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