Screening for cognitive impairment in elderly

Screening for cognitive impairment in elderly



The aim of this review is to provide informationabout various screening methods for cognitive impairment in the elderly and to provide understanding about cognitive impairment such as dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Most countries around the world, including Thailand, experience the demographic situation called population ageing. This phenomenon is one of the most important demographic changes that affect many aspects in our societies, such as health transition.  Cognitive impairment is the condition that generally develops in the old age. One of the cognitive impairment problems that are commonly found in elderly is dementia.

Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. It is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people. There are several tests in order to screen cognitive impairment in the elderly. They include the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Clock Drawing Test (CDT), the General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition (GPCOG), the Mini-Cog, the Memory Impairment Screen (MIS), the Informant Questionnaire for Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE), the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA), and the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive section (ADAS-COG). 

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