Several readers have asked about cognitive tests for memory loss that can be used in the home. There are several paper-based tests that can provide a “first pass” screening for memory impairment. If the test scores indicate memory problems, then it’s a good idea to follow up with your physician for more detailed testing. Computer-based testing in a physician’s office or health clinic can pick up early signs of memory impairment that paper-based tests can miss.
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The following criteria were used to select free paper-based cognitive impairment tests:
1. Takes less than 15 minutes.
2. Can be administered by a family member or friend.
3. Meets the “gold standard” of peer reviewed published research that establishes the reliability and validity of the test.
Readers can download the tests here. Be sure to carefully read test information and instructions.