If you or a loved one have any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider a dementia test.
- Mental Confusion
- Getting lost while driving or in familiar places
- Memory lapses
- Forgetting people’s names
- Problems paying attention and staying on task
- Losing items
- Forgetting recent conversations
Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms or other changes in thinking skills, don't ignore them. See a doctor soon for a dementia test to determine the cause.
Neuropsychological evaluation may detect a treatable condition. Even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments and provides an opportunity to plan for the future. This is why an early dementia assessment is so important.
Cognitive Testing for Dementia
Neuropsychological evaluation for dementia includes assessment of:
- Intellectual functioning
- Attention & Concentration
- Processing Speed
- Mental Flexibility
- Verbal and Visual Reasoning
- Verbal and Visual Memory
- Motor and Sensory Functioning
- Psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and mood dysregulation which can also affect mental functioning.
- Testing of personality structure, if appropriate, to assess attitudes, emotions, thoughts/beliefs, and behavioral characteristics that may contribute to psychosocial difficulties
- Self and informant ratings of the patient’s competency for daily living and practical skills