October 16, 2017



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is Dementia?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with normal life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia (60-80% of cases) and vascular dementia (after a stroke) is the second most common type. Dementia involves memory loss and other essential thinking skills. Dementia is often mistakenly referred to as “senility”, but aging can happen without such serious memory loss. See this blog post for more detailed information about dementia.

What does it mean if I fail the test?

Consistent patterns of decline in cognitive function and very low scores indicate that you likely have some form of cognitive decline, but no single test can determine with 100% accuracy that a person has dementia. A comprehensive examination with clinicians often include things like a review of medical history, physical examinations, laboratory tests, standard cognitive function tests (SLUMS is often one of them). This test is meant to complement and not replace the work of trained professionals.

If you fail the test, you should consider seeking a professional. 

If I have some dementia symptoms, can I take this test myself?

The app was designed for a caregiver, family or friend to administer the test to someone potentially suffering from dementia. It works best when used this way, and the results correlate most closely with published standards. In theory, it can be used independently by a high functioning person with very mild dementia  since answers must actively be revealed, but it certainly wasn’t intended to be used as such.

Why is there a limit to how often you can retake the test?

The validity of the test decreases with frequent testing because of a learning effect – users get familiar with the test. We recommend leaving the limit on retesting to once per month. But you can decrease this in the settings menu.

Will you be adding on other Languages?

Yes! If you’d like to see eSLUMS in your native language, let us know.

Why can I only see results from the last five tests?

Looking at the last five test results is usually enough to notice trends in cognitive function. If you upgrade to PRO, you’ll get a full history. 

Can I turn off the audio and read the questions myself?

The current test was designed for use with the included audio and will not function properly without it.

What’s the difference between the LANGUAGE and LOCALIZATION setting?

Selecting LANGUAGE determines what language is primary language used for control of the app, in the displayed text and the audio. The LOCALIZATION setting is also important because some of the questions assume some “common knowledge” for a particular country. For example, someone in China may not know that Los Angeles is a city in California. It is possible to select Chinese as the LANGUAGE and still select the “United States” for LOCALIZATION.

Can I use eSLUMS on both an iPhone and an iPad?

Yes! The interface is still very usable for the iPhone, but the clock drawing portion is much easier on the iPad.