Who is at danger of cognitive decline can be identified with this memory test for dementia.
According to recent study, individuals without memory or thinking issues may be able to predict future cognitive decline using a straightforward memory test.
The Stages of Objective Memory Impairment (SOMI) system is a memory test that can reveal subtle signs of early cognitive impairment that are indicative of future memory problems, according to a study published on Wednesday in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
According to Dr. Irina Skylar-Scott, a cognitive and behavioural neurologist at Stanford Health Care and clinical assistant professor at Stanford University, memory recall tests have been used for decades, and poor performance on these tests has been associated to dementia and moderate cognitive impairment.
Future prevention-focused medication trials for Alzheimer’s disease could screen specifically for high-risk people with high SOMI scores in light of the study’s findings.
In order to prevent future deterioration, those who are at risk should also be advised to embrace measures like prescription drugs and good lifestyle changes.
Neuroimaging can also assist medical professionals in determining if brain tumours, strokes, or viral causes of memory loss are to blame for the patient’s memory loss.
Anyone experiencing memory problems, no matter how little or serious, should consult a doctor, according to Skylar-Scott.
When you start to worry that you may be losing your memory, you should be assessed by a neurologist to see if your symptoms fall under the general category of age-appropriate normal or if there is something else going on, advises Skylar-Scott.