Why Is Memory Assessment Important?

If regular health assessment is important to check how well our body functions, memory assessment helps to provide a gauge of how well our mind works.

With the latest medical advances in diagnostic tests and imaging, memory and cognitive assessment is now possible and available at Charazoi Medical Clinic.

Who Is It For?

Studies find that memory and cognitive impairment is more prevalent from the age of 65. We recommend memory assessment for:

  • Seniors 65 years old and above, with or without memory loss symptoms
  • Younger adults with memory loss symptoms

How Is Memory & Cognitive Assessment Done?

Step 1: Consultation, Blood test, pen & paper tests

        • Consultation: Our doctor will take your medical history, including family history and if you have conditions that can increase the risk of dementia.
        • Blood test: Our nurse will draw a blood sample which will then be sent to the lab for analysis of indicators that are commonly associated with memory loss, such as vitamin deficiency, thyroid disorder and other markers.
        • Pen & paper tests, questionnaires: Based on observations during consultation, the doctor will administer specific questionnaire-type tests for you to complete in the clinic. These tests are designed to measure mental functions, including memory, language, reasoning, thinking, etc.
 

Step 2: Imaging tests

Advanced scans of the brain can now show brain shrinkage and the presence of amyloid and tau in the brain – substances that indicate memory & cognitive impairment conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. 

 

Step 3: Results

Based on the medical results, the doctor will conclude if you have memory and cognitive impairment, ie., dementia and recommend next steps for you to take.

 

 

Step 1: Consultation, Blood test, pen & paper tests

  • Consultation: Our doctor will take your medical history, including family history and if you have conditions that can increase the risk of dementia.
  • Blood test: Our nurse will draw a blood sample which will then be sent to the lab for analysis of diseases that are commonly associated with memory loss, such as vitamin deficiency, thyroid disorder and other markers.
  • Pen & paper test, questionnaire: Based on observations during consultation, the doctor will administer specific questionnaire-type tests for you to complete in the clinic. These tests are designed to measure mental functions, including memory, language, reasoning, thinking, etc
 

Step 2: Imaging tests

Advanced scans of the brain can now show brain shrinkage and the presence of amyloid and tau in the brain – substances that indicate memory & cognitive impairment conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. 

Step 3: Results

Based on the medical results, the doctor will conclude if you have memory and cognitive impairment, ie., dementia and recommend next steps for you to take.

What If I Have Dementia or Pre-Dementia?

If the assessment shows signs of dementia, we will refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment. Devastating as it is, early detection helps to improve treatment outcome and quality of life. Assessment is the first step you can take to take control of your health and well-being.

What Are the Symptoms of Memory Loss that I Should Watch Out for?

Everybody forgets things at times. The trouble is we often have difficulty telling between usual forgetfulness and memory loss. Here are some specific symptoms of memory and cognitive impairment:

  • Repeating the same questions multiple times.
  • Having trouble finding very common words.
  • Misplacing items in unusual places, for example putting keys in the fridge.
  • Taking longer time to finish familiar activities that one could accomplish quickly before.
  • Getting lost in familiar locations.
  • Displaying inexplicable changes in mood, behaviours or personality.

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