MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – With more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, doctors say it’s critical to identify problems with memory and thinking as soon as possible.

Now, a simple test could help, called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination, or S.A.G.E. test.

The four-page test, developed at Ohio State University, was given to people 50 and older, measuring language, reasoning, problem solving and memory.

The S.A.G.E. test can be taken at home, the senior center or the doctor’s office in less than 15 minutes.

It detected 80 percent of people with mild thinking and memory issues.

Dr. Douglas Scharre, director of cognitive neurology at Ohio State, says he hopes the test will help catch cognitive changes earlier so doctors can start treatment as soon as possible.

“Patients just come in too late to be identified. They come into their doctor’s office perhaps three or four years after people have noticed specific cognitive issues,” Scharre said.

Researchers say people who take the test should talk to their doctor before interpreting results.

Click here to take the test.


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