You are here

Family members 'better at assessing Alzheimer's' than tests

Family members 'better at assessing Alzheimer's' than tests
28th September 2010

Family members could be a better judge of whether a person has Alzheimer's or dementia than traditional testing, it has been suggested.

Researchers believe that giving friends or family members a questionnaire, rather than testing suspected Alzheimer's sufferers themselves, could be a more effective evaluation.

A study carried out to test the viability of using this questionnaire as an alternative testing method was carried out by scientists at Washington University, who found that the so-called AD8 two-minute evaluation corresponded with biological indicators and biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.

Commenting on the findings, which are published in the journal Brain, Washington University School of Medicine's John C Morris and Joanne Knight said: "The AD8 gives us a brief and very low-cost alternative that takes a few minutes of the informant's time to screen for dementia and thus identify those individuals who need follow-up evaluations to determine if there truly are signs of Alzheimer's."

Earlier this week, charity Dementia UK urged more help for carers and people close to those who develop dementia.

Find out more about Alzheimer's disease care at Barchester homes.