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Request the Test: Cognitive Impairment Detection

Did you know…

Your free Annual Medicare Wellness Visit (AWV) includes a Cognitive Impairment Assessment?

Take steps to learn more about cognitive impairment.

Step 1: Know the 10 signs

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the most common cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Challenges with planning and problem solving
  • Confusion with time and place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • Problems with speaking and writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood or personality

Step 2: Talk to your doctor

Importance of Early Detection

Being proactive with your health by requesting the assessment can lead to many positive outcomes:

  • Understanding the cause and treating the underlying disease or health condition
  • Emphasis can be put on treatment, reducing symptoms and care, rather than searching for a diagnosis
  • Allows for the person and their family/significant others to have important conversations about the person’s wishes and their future care.
  • Gives the person and their family time to plan or create advance directives
  • Allows time for the person to assemble a care team that can help with medical, legal, financial and safety concerns
  • Promotes disease education and community support, through groups, etc.
  • May allow for access to research and clinical trials

For more information from The Gerontological Society of America, download The Gerontological Society of America Workgroup on Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis Report and Recommendations (PDF, 516 KB).

Thoughts and stories from others

  1. November 18, 2015 at 03:21 pm
    Posted by Gerry Erlien

    I was diagnosed 10 yrs ago with Alzheimer's. I have Epilepsy would this bring about Alzheimer's or any any other type of dementia? I had my first seizure when I was 15, so it has been 51 years science my first Grand Mal (that is what they called them then) and several Peti mals science then.I now have a Vagel nerve stimulator ( VNS system) has it under control.I do have some oras now and again where I can't concentrate or my muscles twitch. Please give me some answers if you can. Gerry
  2. November 18, 2015 at 07:48 am
    Posted by Julie Munro

    My mum has vascular dementia and I am very concerned that dementia will affect me in the future. On a couple of occasions lately when my forgetfulness gave me cause for concern I have started to think I should approach my doctor for assistance in a diagnosis. Any advice or help would be appreciated.
  3. November 7, 2015 at 11:23 pm
    Posted by jyl

    After 4 of mom's friends came and told me they were afraid to ride with her any longer and I explained WHY to her. She went into denial. Then one day a girlfriend said to me... she can kill herself if she wants to, but what if she kills someone else ! Well, after I told mom that, she freely handed over her key (and I swiped the other one). And she tells everyone now "Jyl won't let me drive any more cause she's afraid I will kill someone." It puts the blame on me, makes her look like a sacrificial lamb and she appears to be happy with that solution. It's been ok for3montho

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