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AARP Offers New Free Option for Cognitive Testing and Dementia Screening


If you’ve noticed a decline in your cognitive function, you may want to get screened for dementia. While cognitive testing can cost a boatload of money, the AARP and other programs offer free options for seniors who are concerned they may be suffering from a mental decline. The AARP’s Staying Sharp app leads the user on interactive challenges on memory, problem-solving, and more. You can use your phone to take quizzes, practice memory skills, and more. The app also counsels users on diet and engaging in the proper habits to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Cognition involves elements such as thinking, learning, language use, decision-making, reasoning, and applied judgment. As we age, we may notice a decline in these areas. This prompts some seniors to get tested. Cognitive assessments check for problems with mental function or how your brain processes thoughts. The test involves answering simple questions and is usually performed by a medical doctor. It is appropriate for seniors who believe they are suffering cognitive decline or have a history of dementia in their family.

Scores on cognitive tests: What do they mean? 

A low score on a cognitive test could mean that there is some brain impairment. Low scores provide more information than good ones. While a low score can indicate a problem, a high score does not necessarily indicate the lack of one. Knowing your score is the first step in a long process. You’ll need more testing to know more.

Cognitive tests cannot determine the cause of your decline. In fact, there are many treatable and reversible causes of cognitive impairment. Once more testing has been completed, treatment can be started. This gives you and your family more time to understand what to expect in the years ahead and plan for the future. If you scored low on a cognitive test, you will need to make an appointment with a primary care doctor or a neurologist.

What to do if you are experiencing signs of cognitive impairment

Those experiencing cognitive decline may find themselves frustrated trying to do things they once had no problem accomplishing. There are ways to mitigate the distress. You can strengthen your mind by challenging your brain. The AARP app has several games that you can play that increase cognitive function and strengthen neural pathways associated with cognition. You can focus on activities that you enjoy. Eating well and exercising regularly have been shown to improve cognitive function. Maintaining a routine and staying organized remain important as we age.

Talk to a Virginia Beach Estate Planning Attorney 

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you will want to protect their nest egg and ensure that they get the care they need moving forward. The Law Office of Angela N. Manz has dedicated our practice to easing the financial and emotional burden on those suffering from cognitive decline and their loved ones. We can help protect your family’s assets while ensuring your loved one gets the proper care and support to manage their illness. Call our Virginia Beach estate planning lawyers today to learn more about how we can help.



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