Despite the elevated risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease in seniors, test conductor Ashley Adamson said, “For most of the people that have problems with the test, it is due to stress of depression. Probably less than 50 percent is related to Alzheimer’s.”
Adamson said that volunteers ask a series of 30 questions about subjects like math, spelling, the seasons of the year and ask test subjects to draw simple pictures. “We want people to write. We’ve found that difficulty writing may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s.”
Beth Taylor also administered several tests. “Not all the questions involve retention,” she said. “Some of them ask about orientation and about the time and place of the test. We try to find out how people register information, their attention span, and recall and how they perform calculations. There is repetition, comprehension, reading, writing and drawing.”
Taylor said that the tests were administered free of charge and without any obligation. Those showing potential symptoms are referred to physicians for additional testing. Results from the tests are submitted without name to the research center as statistics used in studies.
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