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New online cognitive self-assessment by Cogniciti (Baycrest): a thermometer for the mind?

thermometersBay­crest mem­o­ry experts launch ‘ther­mome­ter’ for the mind (Press release):

Accord­ing to the test’s cre­ators, the major­i­ty of peo­ple will score in the nor­mal, healthy range for their age – which will help reas­sure the “wor­ried well”. For the small per­cent­age (approx­i­mate­ly 2 — 3%) that scores below aver­age for their age and edu­ca­tion, those adults will be encour­aged to re-test after a week. If their score again falls below the nor­mal thresh­old for their age, they will be pro­vid­ed with a per­son­al­ized report to help them start the con­ver­sa­tion about their brain health with a doc­tor…Dr. Troy­er cau­tioned that the brain health test is not a clin­i­cal diag­no­sis. The test is a “ther­mome­ter for the mind” that can help a per­son deter­mine whether or not to dis­cuss their mem­o­ry con­cerns with a doc­tor…Cog­ni­tive prob­lems are not always caused by an under­ly­ing demen­tia. Anx­i­ety, sleep apnea, chron­ic stress, depres­sion, dia­betes, and side effects from med­ica­tions and chemother­a­py, can all impact the abil­i­ty to focus, pay atten­tion and remem­ber.

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