Cognitive Screening

Cognitive health is like any other health maintenance. You get your heart and prostate checked out regularly, especially if there are suspected problems. Your brain deserves the same attention - Julie Brody-Magid PsyD

Cognitive Screening

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Screening for cognitive dysfunction

After a certain age almost everyone experiences "senior moments." You forget what someone just said, or you can't recall someone's name even when the face appears clearly in your mind. Maybe you forgot to put out the recycling even though you were certain you did. Most of the time, we brush these episodes off as signs of normal aging. But what if they become more frequent or problematic, or if they affect your daily life — like missing a doctor's appointment or forgetting to pay a bill? What are your options?

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 Screening for cognitive dysfunction

Worried about recurring mental lapses? Simple cognitive tests can help determine if there's a problem.

45 Years of the mini-mental state examination (MMSE): A perspective from ibero-america

The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) was created by Marshal Folstein et al. in 1975 as an instrument for brief (5–10 min) assessment of mental status in hospitalized patients. It is considered the most widely used test for standardized cognitive assessment in the clinical setting, especially with the elderly population. It has countless translations in different languages, and according to the different international (PubMed) and regional (SciELO, Redalyc, and Dialnet) scientific databases, it has been widely used by the scientific community.


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Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE)

The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is a tool that can be used to systematically and thoroughly assess mental status. It is an 11-question measure that tests five areas of cognitive function: orientation, registration, attention and calculation, recall, and language. The maximum score is 30. A score of 23 or lower is indicative of cognitive impairment. The MMSE takes only 5-10 minutes to administer and is therefore practical to use repeatedly and routinely.

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment MoCA is a brief cognitive screening tool for Mild Cognitive Impairment.


The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working.

Clock Drawing Test

Screening test for cognitive dysfunction secondary to dementia, delirium, or a range of neurological and psychiatric illnesses.


The Mini-Cog© is a fast and simple screening test to help detect dementia in its early stages. In just 3 minutes, Mini-Cog© can help doctors and other professional care providers identify possible cognitive impairment in older patients. The Mini-Cog assessment instrument combines an uncued 3-item recall test with a clock-drawing test (CDT). The Mini-Cog can be administered in about 3 minutes, requires no special equipment, and is relatively uninfluenced by level of education or language variations.

Short Term Memory Test

Measure your short-term memory abilities with this test.


Cognistat is the #1 choice of neuropsychologists for cognitive screening in the US and Canada.

Cognitive Assessment Toolkit

A guide to detecting cognitive impairment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.


Our mission is to provide cognitive assessment tools to a broad range of healthcare providers for the early detection of cognitive impairment. Early detection allows patients to address modifiable risk factors sooner, potentially changing the course of cognitive decline. It also allows healthcare providers to develop a plan with the patient and caregiver, so the patient can live their best life during their journey.

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