Assessment Tool for Dementia Screening at Home

With baby boomers approaching the age of 65 and new cases of Alzheimer's disease expected to increase by 50 percent by the year 2030, Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool that allows adults to screen themselves for early signs of dementia. The home-based computer software is patterned after the paper-and-pencil Clock Drawing Test - one of health care's most commonly used screening exams for cognitive impairment. The new ClockMe system computerizes the test into two main components: the ClockReader Application and the ClockAnalyzer Application. Because they're saved electronically, the drawings can be used to easily compare a person's cognitive ability progress or regression over time.