Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if you may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by Alzheimer's disease or other medical conditions.
A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional. However, it is very helpful. A screening can test your memory, language skills, thinking ability, and other intellectual functions. It can indicate whether you might benefit from more testing. If the screening raises concern, see your doctor or other healthcare professional and get a complete examination.
It is very important to identify the disease or problem that is causing memory loss. That is why you should follow up with a complete checkup by your doctor or another qualified healthcare professional.
Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other member problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Early recognition of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—mild intellectual loss that may develop into dementia—provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to treat this condition, and possibly slow the decline in memory and other functions.
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can improve quality of life. Individuals can learn more about the disease; get counseling and other social services support; address legal and financial issues; and have more of a say about their care.