I don’t think there is a more scary thought as you age (as I am doing at a much too rapid rate) than the thought of getting Alzheimer’s disease. I suppose it is the thought of having no control and having no reality. The imagined pain of loneliness and then of course the fear of having a loved one get Alzheimer’s disease. All of these things strike fear in your heart as you age because Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t play fair. It hits you when you are most vulnerable, when you are “old.”
Perhaps another concern is that there is no way at home you can have any idea if you or a loved one is developing Alzheimer’s disease. That is until just recently.
Some researcher’s at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, have developed a new test you can take at home for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
They suggest it will take five minutes and that is about all it does take.
This test is not only quick, it is effective. So far it has detected 93% of people with Alzheimer’s disease compared with the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) that only detected 52 percent.
The group that was tested was 679 in size.
Again, my wife and I always worry about Alzheimer’s disease so my wife volunteered to take the test.
It was very easy to print off the test sheet. It took two pages so you certainly don’t waste your ink.
It is really very simple. It has to do with copying and remembering a sentence and doing some comparing and math. There are ten tasks.
I will say this: If you didn’t pay attention in school, don’t blame Alzheimer’s disease. You have to know some rudimentary math and you have to be able to read and write.
When you go to the link I have provided you will see two further links in light blue. One says “Test Your Memory test” and one says “TYM scoring sheet.”
I suggest that you print the “Memory Test.” However there is no need to print the “answer sheet.” You can just sit at the computer and “grade” the test.
For some reason the test is very comforting when you know that you have done well.
They suggest if you do well; believe it!
If you seem to be borderline repeat it and if you do poorly don’t panic. You can get other tests.
This a chance to be proactive for free; take it!