Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
About Cognitive Impairment Testing

Why Should I Get Tested?

New Treatments for Cognitive Impairment

The first research paper documenting the potential of treating cognitive decline was published in 2016 by Dale Bredesen, M.D.  The Bredesen Protocol may help patients improve cognitive function regardless of their age: “Patients who had had to discontinue work were able to return to work, and those struggling at work were able to improve their performance. The patients, their spouses, and their co‐workers all reported clear improvements.”- Dale Bredesen. The earlier you identify impairment the greater the odds of improvement due to treatment.

Since then, dozens of cognitive treatment programs have been established across the U.S., some following the Bredesen Protocol and others offering a unique program of their own that yielded successful results. Everyone who takes our test will receive information on these helpful resources to help you maintain, or regain, your cognitive health.

Because it is more common than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Most men and women recognize the importance of being screened for prostate cancer and breast cancer and make sure to be screened annually for most of their lives. However, death due to Alzheimer’s and dementia is far more common than both diseases combined—1 in 3 seniors will die from Alzheimer’s or dementia. In 2018, Alzheimer’s disease was the 6th leading cause of death in the United States according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The incidence of Alzheimer’s is accelerating; today a new case of Alzheimer’s develops every 65 seconds. By 2050 there will be a new Alzheimer’s patient every 33 seconds!

Because it is important to establish a baseline before you have symptoms.

In an ideal world, everyone should be tested prior to having any symptoms of cognitive impairment to establish your normal. What is normal for you could be 25-50% above the mean for the general population. Consequently, if you initially tested in the 98% percentile, you could decline 20% from your normal and still be considered “above normal” function compared to the general population. You would know that something is wrong, (i.e., “I am just not what I used to be.”) but every neuropsychologist who evaluated you would conclude you do not have cognitive impairment. In contrast, our test would easily detect the decline from your baseline because it automatically compares each test to previous tests you have taken at Mind Your Memory and charts them on a graph that anyone can easily interpret. Consequently, if you monitored your cognitive health annually with our test, you would be able to objectively document the 20% decline in cognitive function and know that you need to seek treatment to reverse the decline and return to your old self.

Because you are a woman.

Sorry to break the bad news ladies, but you are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men. At the age of 45, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s is 1 in 5, compared to 1 in 10 for men. Furthermore, Alzheimer’s only accounts for 2/3 of all forms of dementia, so your risk of developing some form of dementia in your lifetime is almost 1 in 3. If you think regular mammograms are important due to the prevalence of breast cancer, you really should consider being screened for cognitive impairment which is far more likely than breast cancer.

For your family.

Last but absolutely not least, create a roadmap for you & your family. Regular screenings for cognitive impairment will ensure early detection when a response to treatment is most likely. If you decide to procrastinate and develop full-blown Alzheimer’s or dementia, here are the statistics on what your family will face according to the Alzheimer’s Association:

Personal and Emotional Distress: Currently 16.1 million Americans are providing an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Financial Suffering: The financial value of the unpaid care they provide loved ones is estimated at $232 billion dollars per year. In addition to their personal sacrifice, the average health and long term care cost from diagnosis to death is $424,000 for every Alzheimer’s patient According to the Alzheimer’s Association.

No one wants to emotionally and financially bankrupt their family. Do the right thing and get screened for cognitive impairment as part of your annual wellness check up. Schedule your appointment today!

Because you have a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

If you have a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia you probably already know that you have a 30% higher risk of developing dementia. You may not know whether or not you inherited the gene associated with the development of Alzheimer’s, apolipoprotein E (APOE4). If you inherited one copy of APOE4, your risk is 3 times higher. If you inherited two copies of APOE4, your risk is exponentially higher—you are 10 to 15 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia, according to Harvard Medical School. Do yourself a favor by finding out early, when it has the greatest likelihood of reversal.

Because you don’t have a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Gotcha! You were just starting to relax because you do not have a history of Alzheimer’s or dementia in your family. Unfortunately, 35% of all newly diagnosed cases do not appear to have a genetic link, and the patient does not carry either copy of the APOE4 gene according to Harvard Medical School.

I Have Questions About Your Test.

Is your test different than the free tests I see online?

Absolutely! There are many key differences compared to online tests:

  1. Our test is medically valid. Our computer-based cognitive test is used throughout the U.S. by physicians to obtain an objective measurement of a patient’s cognitive function to help confirm a diagnosis of MCI, Alzheimer’s, or dementia and to grade the severity of impairment. Our test was validated in a clinical trial performed by the National Institutes of Health, one of the world’s foremost medical research centers and an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. Our test is professionally scored. Neuropsychological testing experts with graduate degrees score the results of each test and create the reports.
  3. Our test is predictive. It screens for the earliest stages of all cognitive declines that are predictive of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Most online tests only evaluate a single aspect of cognitive function, such as memory.
  4. Our test was designed for the precise evaluation of longitudinal changes. While our test is useful as a single baseline screen, its ability to detect small changes over time is essential for early detection of cognitive impairment. Individuals with high level cognitive function (high IQs) can experience significant declines in cognitive function, yet still be well within the range of “normal” (average) cognitive function. Our test is unique because it was designed to track individual patients over time (decline from baseline) to ensure the earliest possible detection of the loss of cognitive function.
Why can’t I take your test online?

It is more than just a test; it is a computer program which administers eight separate tests and requires a computer with specific capabilities, such as a touch screen and a unique graphics card. The computer program actually talks to you and changes what it does based upon your responses. It is not quite Artificial Intelligence, but very cool nonetheless!

Where can I take your test and how long will it take?

We are continually adding new locations to make it more convenient for our clients to find a nearby test location. Please click on the Schedule My Test button to view the current list of locations and available times. The test typically takes about 30 minutes, but we schedule 1 hour appointments to make sure that no one is rushed to finish the test.

How soon do I get the results and how are they delivered?

You will receive the results in about a week after you take the test, and they will be sent via email to the email address you provide when you sign up for the test. To ensure your confidentiality, please be sure to supply an email address where you are the only one who has access to the email account.

Can I order the test for a friend or a loved one?

Absolutely. Simply enter the individual’s name and contact information when you schedule the appointment and then enter your name, billing address, and contact information in the checkout form. Please note, both appointment reminders and the results of the test will automatically be set to the email address entered into the appointment scheduler, not the email address entered into the website.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel my appointment?

You can reschedule upcoming appointments by clicking on the Change Appointment button in your confirmation email. If you accidentally deleted or lost your confirmation email, please send us a message through the Contact Us page of our web site so we can resend it. To cancel an upcoming appointment, click on the Cancel Appointment button in your confirmation email.

Why isn’t it covered by my health insurance?

Cognitive function testing is covered by insurance if you are willing to report memory loss and cognitive issues to your primary care provider and have these conditions become part of your permanent medical record, affecting your ability to purchase life or disability insurance and possibly your driver’s license.

Mind Your MemoryTM does not accept insurance in order to ensure your privacy and avoid the unnecessary cost of an office visit with your physician. For about the same price of the office visit, Mind Your MemoryTM will objectively and confidentially evaluate your cognitive health and ensure that you are the only one who knows you have been tested for cognitive issues, and you are the only one who receives the results of the test.

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