Mild Cognitive Impairment can be diagnosed in less than three to five minutes according to an article in MedPage Today.
A new screening tool, the Mini-Cog, has been developed which focuses on asking patients to remember three words and recite them later as well as a clock drawing task.
Remembering the acronym, “APT” (or being unusually intelligent and able to learn quickly and easily), can prevent you from being diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment.
APT stands for:
A for Apple
P for Penny
T for Table
Some of the neurologists have finally figured out that patients share test information among themselves and have changed the three words.
Another part of the test involves patients being given a pre-drawn circle and asking them to draw a clock, with the hands set at the time of ten minutes after eleven.
So remember to be APT at your doctor’s exam.
Three Little Words Helps Quick Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment at http://www.medpagetoday.com/Geriatrics/AlzheimersDisease/11854
Acing the Mini-Mental Status Exam at http://katekelsall.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/09/acing-the-mini-.html