The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine offers a free online assessment for dementia, while the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University has a test to detect for signs of dementia. The user can download the Wexner Medical Center test, named the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam, or SAGE.
The Wexner Medical Center created the SAGE test to identify early signs of impairments in memory and thinking. While the test is untimed, users can usually complete it in 10 to 15 minutes with just pen and paper. The test does not come with an answer key; instead, the user should take the test to a primary care physician. The doctor scores and interprets the completed exam and then helps the patient decide on the next course of action.
Those concerned about having dementia can take the Johns Hopkins' assessment as a self-assessment; they should ask a close friend or family member to help answer specific questions. Taking the test does not substitute seeing a doctor but is educational for helping a person's decision-making process. This assessment begins by showing the test taker a series of two-word phrases consisting of a color and an object. Then, the user answers many questions about her health history and current health and habits. She is shown another series of two-word phrases and must identify the phrases that were in the original group. The report on the results of the test lets the user know how she did in comparison to others of similar sex and age.