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
- Discuss your concerns and ask for an objective assessment to detect cognitive impairment
- Call your doctor
- Enlist the help of community resources:
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).