Memory screenings are designed to evaluate individuals experiencing memory loss who may be exhibiting signs of dementia. Seniors might also undergo screening without having any concerns in order to establish a baseline assessment if there is a family history of dementia. In the event of later cognitive changes due to illness or injury, healthcare providers may then recommend a follow-up evaluation. Following is everything Palm Desert dementia caregivers need to know about memory screening.
Common Cognitive Symptoms
Typical signs that a live-in caregiver in Palm Desert might notice in an elderly adult that warrant further examination include:
- Noticeable memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Neglecting former habitual daily tasks
- Lack of name or word association
- Repetitive phrases or questions
- Inability to identify location or present date
- Habitually misplaced items
- Noticeable changes in behavior, mood or personality
What the Screening Entails
The screenings involve a simple series of questions and basic tasks created to assess language skills, memory, thinking ability and other cognitive functions. Common questions included in the screenings concern the present physical location, the current date and season. Participants might also be asked to repeat and later recall a series of words or a particular phrase. Simple tasks that doctors ask elderly adults to perform might include copying a basic geometric image or creating a clock face and adding hands to indicate a designated time. Some screenings ask questions specific to changes noted by the senior or caregiver.
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses or psychologists typically administer the tests. Upon completion, the examiner reviews the results with the senior and his or her caregiver or loved one. A copy of the results is provided in order to pass the document on to a primary healthcare provider if needed.
Types of Screenings
There are different screenings available that are approved by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Memory Screening Advisory Board. These tests include:
- The General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition
- The Memory Impairment Screen
- The Brief Alzheimer’s Screening
- The MINI-COG
Should your loved one test positive for Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, contact Palm Desert Home Care Assistance at (760) 345-0001. We are the leading provider of memory care that helps local seniors age in place with dignity. Our highly trained caregivers offer the safety monitoring, physical exercise and mental stimulation seniors with memory impairment require to delay dementia symptoms. Let us customize a care plan for your loved one today.