Take this Test: Determine if you have early signs of memory problems

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It’s predicted that the number of people with Alzheimer’s Disease will nearly triple in the coming decades.

However, there may be a way to detect some forms of dementia even earlier than before.

Dr. Douglas Scharre, a neurologist with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said, “We need to catch these people much earlier.”

Dr. Scharre and his colleagues developed a free, online test that measures brain functions like orientation, language, reasoning, problem solving and memory.

In their study of more than 1,000 older adults, nearly 30 percent showed signs of early memory problems they didn’t know they had.

If a problem is found early enough, some treatments might be able to show the progression of memory loss.

Dr. Scharre said, “If you do take this test, you need to talk to your physician. It’s not a diagnostic test for any particular condition. It just says, ‘Hey, maybe my thinking is not as good as it used to be.”

New evidence from Johns Hopkins showed that some brain exercises can improve reasoning skills and processing speed.

Dr. George Rebok, with Johns Hopkins University, said, “The mind can stave off cognitive decline as we get older by keeping active, keeping mentally and physically and socially engaged.”

To take the test for yourself, just head to the Wexner Medical Center’s website.

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