New test helps detect early signs of dementia

New test helps detect early signs of dementia

New test helps detect early signs of dementia

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Posted on January 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 12:10 PM

A new test is helping to detect early signs of dementia and boost brain power at the same time.

According to researchers, a new pen-and-paper test could spot early signs of the disease.

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Researchers gave the test to more than 1,000 volunteers and found that about 30 percent had cognitive problems they didn’t know about beforehand.

But there is good news. Early detection is vital to help slow the disease.

Adults who went through a series of brain training exercises had less cognitive decline than a control group 10 years later.

Still, experts said if the written test detects dementia, people should then talk with their physicians.

“It's not a diagnostic test for any particular condition. It just says, ‘Hey, maybe my thinking is not as good as it used to be,’" said Dr. Douglas Scharre, neurologist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

To take the test, click here.

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