Free online test detects Alzheimer's symptoms

Posted on 17 May 2011

A free online quiz could be used to detect the early signs of Alzheimer's in older people, who may be choosing a care home.

The 15 minute test, hosted by website foodforthebrain.org, can be taken easily by people in the 50-70 year old age group who are worried about their declining cognition.

Results are given immediately following a series of short cognitive tests, and diet and lifestyle advice is also given.

Oxford University professor David Smith said: 'Alzheimer's is a preventable disease, not an inevitable part of the ageing process.

"Rather than leaving it until too late, the trick is to identify any decline in memory function as early as possible and take the necessary prevention steps."

In other news, a new brain scanning method could help scientists to better understand Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in journal NeuroImage.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

                                                          

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