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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

my story revisited 18-self administered memory tests

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after i was diagnosed folks kept asking me about memory tests they could take to screen their memory in the privacy of their homes
i found one the sage test from ohio state university
i would say it has sort of become the gold standard for self administered memory tests
it seems to be fairly accurate
an abnormal result should be followed up with a doctors visit to have a more thorough evaluation for treatable causes for memory issues
depression anxiety medications low thyroid low b12 sleep issues poorly controlled blood pressure etc
treating these may improve your memory

lets say that if i had done a self administered memory test on my own instead of going to the alzheimers center like the sage test and the results were found that i possibly was having memory issues
then i would have taken the results to my doctor
started an evaluation

what he would have found would have been a low b12 a low vitamin d3 a normal mri an abnormal more involved memory test in the office like the moca test or the more gold standard one the neuropsychological test

i would have been referred to a neurologist and ended up probably where i am now

so if you are worried do the sage test its linked here and in the blog below

another online memory test i found was one from dr oz
i know he does some weird stuff but this one has similar questions in it that are in many of the memory tests i have taken over the last few years
i retook his this morning and had a normal test
they score it for you
his online test is linked below in the old blog

then another online memory test i do every morning i wrote about in one of the old blogs below
i also recently wrote about it a few weeks ago in this blog Pa$S2u0Rd

i call it my password memory test
in fact i have taken it this morning and passed again

so you can do these online memory tests and use them as a screening memory test
dont cheat
take your time
if they arent normal
make an appointment to see your doctor only for one reason
memory problems

dont go in to see the doctor with a long list of issues
just have the one issue

good luck

if you think you could have alzheimers or mild cognitive impairment
you should go to this web site www.sagetest.osu.edu

this is a test developed by ohio state university department of
neurology division of cognitive neurology

this is a self administered test that you can do on yourself or
friend or relative     
there are instructions on scoring the test

if you or they dont score well then you should see a physician
for further evaluation

my diagnosis is early mild cognitive impairment
i took the test this am and got everything correct
however when i was given a 2 hour neuropsychological exam i
failed the part on short term memory (it was a more involved testing)

because i had a normal evaluation 15 months ago and then had
the abnormal one recently plus the fact ive noted subtle changes plus
my strong family history of alzheimers got me to where i am now-
retired and on aricept (donnepezil)

if you have not taken the sage test in yesterdays blog go do
it first before you take this one

i took the sage test yesterday and passed without problems

now go to dr ozs test at  www.doctoroz.com/quiz/memory-quiz

i took this test and did not do as well considering my age
and my amount of education (12 years post high school)
the results were the same as was on the more involved
neuropsychological test i took at ut southwestern
it is disturbing still whenever i take it

if you dont do well on either of these tests see your
doctor for further evaluation
eg depression can cause this or hypothyroidism or low b12

also if you have a friend or family member you are worried
about have them take the tests

so theres another screening test ive came up with for cognitive
first this week was the sage test, then dr ozs test, and now the
togd password test

when i do this blog and go through various email accounts,
facebook accounts, news accounts, blog monitoring accounts,
bank accounts, etc i use 10-12 different passwords

i think that if i start forgetting those passwords then its a sign
that i may have more cognitive decline

i do think about it when i type in a password and it gets rejected
and do it again and it gets rejected, oh no i got 1 more chance........
whew the caps button was on

now where did i write down those passwords

the organicgreen doctor

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