Screen for early signs of dementia at home

4 years ago

Did you know there's a test you can do at home to test your loved one (or yourself) for early signs of dementia? 

Georgia Tech created computer software that's similar to the paper version of "The Clock Drawing Test," something health care providers often use to screen for cognitive impairment.

The ClockReader test is taken with a computer or tablet and a stylus pen. The test-taker is given a set amount ot time to draw a clock (with numbers) and the correct hour and  minute hands. 

The test is emailed to the clinician who scores the test for 13 traits (e.g. correct number placement, hands without extra markings). Software often picks up things that a human clinician can't - like how long the person struggled to remember certain numbers while drawing the clock.

And since the results are stored electronically, they can be compared to future tests to look for cognitive decline.

Watch a video of how the screening works HERE:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/251112.php

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