Screening tests for elders

Alzheimer’s Dementia Screening test

Alzheimer's is a gradually progressive dementia which presents initially with short term memory loss, word-finding difficulty, naming problems, difficultly with complex tasks, way-finding difficulties and problems with perception. As the disease progresses, the person gradually loses the ability to care for themselves, relate to the environment and communicate. The Alzheimer's disease 8(AD8) is sensitive to…

The Lewy body composite risk score

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease associated with abnormal deposits of alpha-synuclein in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, affect chemicals in the brain which lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood. The Composite Risk Score discriminated between individuals likely to have underlying Lewy body disease from those who did not.…

Screening test for depression in the elderly

Depression is a disorder (no need to be offended, mental illnesses are like diabetes and hypertension, disorders with a biological basis that need treatment), characterized by a pervasive sad mood, a lack of interest in previously pleasurable activities and unexplained tiredness. It is often accompanied by sleep disturbances, low confidence levels, a decreased appetite and…