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Download the 15 minute home Alzheimer's test

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

Picture courtesy of the Alzheimer's Society

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A 15-minute home test can reveal the first signs of Alzheimer's disease according to US researchers.

Health older people can take the test and then share the results with doctors.

Of 1,000 over-50s who took the test, 28% were revealed to have cognitive impairment which is a mild loss of mental function.

Detailed medical diagnostic tests were carried out on the same same group of people and the results were very similar.

The questions in the test include basic mathematical questions like: How much change from £5 would you get if you spent £1.95.

They also inclue general knowledge questions including: Name 12 different types of fruit or vegetabales.

Download the 15 minute Alzheimer's Test

Dr Marie Janson, Director of Development at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said: “Diagnosing dementia in its earliest stages is hugely important, not least because a diagnosis can open the door to care and treatments as early as possible.

"The ability to diagnose people early is also a key target for research, to allow new treatments to be tested on the right groups of people at the right time. Dementia can be difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages, and anyone who is worried about their memory should talk their GP.

"We need to wait for the results of trials of this test before we’ll know whether it can be used in the thousands of GP clinics across the country.

“Alzheimer’s Research UK continues to support projects and invest in this important area of research. With over 820,000 people in the UK affected by dementia, and an ageing population, the need for research has never been more pressing.”

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  • buffersyeoman  |  January 15 2014, 9:22AM

    Damn and blast, I forgot what I was going to say!!

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  • citon  |  January 14 2014, 3:58PM

    Well I want one of the new high speed stairlifts. It's so quick that you can get to the top of the stairs before you forget what you went up for!

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  • EllJay1  |  January 14 2014, 10:24AM

    What I should have said was that , although designed in America, it would have been better to have changed the American currency to Sterling for the UK version.

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  • EllJay1  |  January 14 2014, 10:17AM

    Apart from the obvious fact that these forms are American (references to nickels and cents, why should I be expected to know how much a nickel is worth), they are very simplistic. If someone is functioning perfectly normally for most of the time, but occasionally makes statements that are obviously untrue (because their brain is re-inventing history) they will complete the form without any difficulty. In this case the sufferer has no idea what they are doing so probably wouldn't see a need to fill in the form except out of curiosity.

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  • keiths1  |  January 13 2014, 6:59PM

    Does this test include spelling 'vegetables' correctly?

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