After the Testing

Diagnosing the cause of memory impairment is no simple matter. It takes time and often requires visiting several doctors and under-114 going a number of tests. In many cases, neuropsychological eval-

5. Are you having more difficulty handling emergencies? Have you been making unsafe decisions? Do you rely more on cues from other people in order to react appropriately?

Home and Hobbies

6. Are you having increased difficulty performing household tasks, such as cooking or learning how to use new appliances?

7. Has there been any change in your ability to pursue your hobbies? For example, do you spend less time on complex hobbies? Do you have more trouble following the rules of games? Do you read less, or do you need to reread more often in order to understand what you've read?

Personal Care

8. Do you need prompting to shave or shower?

Scoring: People in the study who answered yes to all of these questions were most likely to develop Alzheimer's disease within three years.

The purpose of this quiz (and the others in this book) is to indicate if you have symptoms that warrant further evaluation. It is not intended to diagnose a memory disorder. If you answered yes to four or more of the questions, see your physician.

uation must be repeated at intervals over time in order to arrive at a definitive understanding of the problem. What happens after that depends on the diagnosis. In the next chapter, I discuss how doctors recognize the difference between normal memory lapses and memory disorders.

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