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.
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.
Can I test myself?
The app was designed for a health care professional, 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. It is possible for a high- functioning person with mild dementia to test themselves since answers must actively be revealed, but it wasn’t intended to be used as such.
How often should the test be given?
Typical ranges for people with no obvious symptoms might range between quarterly to yearly. The validity of the test decreases with frequent testing because of a learning effect – users get familiar with the test.
Language / Localization setting?
Selecting LANGUAGE determines the primary language used for control of the app. The LOCALIZATION setting is 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.
Turn off audio prompts?
Most experienced clinicians find that people are better engaged when a real person is talking with them and prefer to turn audio OFF. The audio can be turned off in the settings menu. Prompts and help menus guide users when audio prompts are OFF.