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 The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a relatively simple, brief test that helps health professionals determine quickly whether
a person has abnormal cognitive function and may need a more thorough diagnostic workup for Alzheimer's disease. Unlike the MMSE, the MoCA includes a clock-drawing test and a test of execu- tive function known as Trails B. It may predict de- mentia in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and it has been shown to identify cognitive problems in people with Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.
The Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam (SLUMS) is an 11-item Alzheimer's screening test that is especially good at identi- fying people with milder cognitive problems that don't yet rise to the level of dementia. It has been studied with hundreds of Veterans and includes items such as the naming of animals (similar to a verbal fluency test) and recognition of geometric figures.
The Clock-Drawing Test for Alzheimer's is a simple test that is often incorporated into other Alzheimer's screening tests. The person is asked to draw a clock, put in all the numbers, and set the hands. Abnormal clock drawing tests sug- gest problems with memory, executive function, or visuospatial abilities.
The Brief Alzheimer's Screening Test is a short screening and asks the test taker to repeat
three words immediately after hearing them. Next, two tasks that distract from those three words are performed: a short version of the verbal fluency test where the person is asked to name as many animals as they can in 30 seconds and spelling "WORLD" backward. Finally, the person is asked to remember and recite the three words from the beginning of the screening process.
The 7 Minute Screening test has been shown to be effective in identifying mild cognitive impairment, a condition that sometimes escapes detection with other screening tests. The 7 Minute Screening involves enhanced cued recall, orientation questions, verbal fluency, and the clock test.
Remember that screening tests are just that: tools that help identify possible concerns and determine if more complete diagnostic testing would be appropriate. If a screening test indicates a potential problem, you should be fully evaluated by a physician.
The good news is that we now know that we are able to have an impact on reducing our risk for cognitive decline. It’s never too late to make new choices according to the Lancet Commission rec- ommendations. They found nine modifiable risk factors across the lifespan that could collectively
reduce dementia risk by 30-35%, not including special diets. Realistically, the risk could be impacted by even greater percentages when diet is adjusted as well.
Your lifestyle choices can have an impact. Consider ways to live healthier and more engaged, and to reduce or eliminate foods and activities that you know to not be beneficial for your overall health. Get active and stay active. Clean those pipes so there is adequate blood flow and oxygen distribution. Keep your brain active and support your mental health. Prevent head in- jury. Feed your body and your brain. Stay socially engaged.
This is just as important for the caregiver that often gives up self-care in exchange for caring for a loved one. Resources available through Miles for Memories create peace of mind for the caregiver through an in-the-moment G.P.S. loca- tion finder as well as personal identification and caregiver contact information with the personal I.D. bracelet or nugget. Their MHEF MI-TECH grant makes these technologies available across Michigan.
Reach out to Miles for Memories at
(269) 979-1412 or visit them at www. to learn more about bringing your loved one who has wan- dered back home quickly and safely.
      Our patient-first philosophy means care with a personal touch.
• 24-hour Nursing Care
• Post-Acute Care
• Tracheostomy Care
• Wound Care
• Pulmonary Care
• Pain Management
• Respite Care
• Palliative Care
• Medically Complex Patients
• IV Therapy
• Spacious Resident Rooms • Daily Housekeeping Service • Recreational Activities
• Personal Laundry Service • Patio and Courtyard
• Air Conditioning
• Cable Television / WiFi
 In life, people matter most.
 (269) 781-4281 • 575 North Madison Street Marshall, MI 49068
                         The Villa at Winston Court is a place seniors can receive the care and support needed to live fulfilling lives in a home-like environment.
208 Winston Court • Marshall MI 49068
 • Medication Management • 24/7 Pharmacy Services • Personalized Care Plans • ADL & IADL Support • Meals Services
• Housekeeping
& Laundry Services
• Daily Activities & Entertainment
• All Inclusive Pricing
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