Please note: you must be a healthcare professional to order this test.
Here we have compiled a list of answers to our most frequently asked questions. If this page doesn’t address your outstanding question, please feel free to contact us.
Why should I ask my physician about the COGselftest?
- First, it’s important to monitor all aspects of your health. The COGselftest can help you and your physician monitor your brain function just as you would your heart or lungs.
- Second, early diagnosis is the key to better management of any disease, and cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) are no different. By monitoring your cognitive health you can identify any signs of impairment early, while treatment options are best. Unfortunately, 60% of people with early signs of AD go undiagnosed until they are past the early stages and treatment options are more limited.
AD develops slowly, and it is possible to delay the onset of the disease for several years through preventive measures and consistent monitoring. According to William Shankle in his 2004 book Preventing Alzheimer’s, we could reduce by one half the number of people with AD, just by delaying the onset of each person’s disease for five years.
Who should take the test?
The most common age range for the onset of dementia is 65-70 years, with the chances of developing AD or other dementias increasing with age. Anyone who is age 50 or older can benefit from testing for mild cognitive impairment in order to catch any signs or impairment at the earliest possible stage. Ask your physician for more details.
What will the COGselftest tell me?
The COGselftest identifies impairment in the six major areas, or cognitive domains, that are likely to be impaired by dementia:
- Orientation: The awareness of time, place, situation and self
- Visuo-spatial ability: The ability to visualize, organize, manipulate and recreate objects
- Verbal fluency: The ability to quickly and accurately use language
- Memory: The ability to recall information and previous experiences as well as to learn and store new information
- Attention: The ability to concentrate and focus on information without being easily distracted
- Executive processing: The ability to reason and make decisions and judgments
By assessing your responses in each area, the COGselftest can help you and your doctor identify areas that may need attention and help you monitor changes and improvements.
How accurate is the test?
Laboratory studies have shown the COGselftest to be 98 percent accurate in identifying impairment in six cognitive domains.