A number of tests have been developed that can help you determine your cognitive level and track your progress. To use the tests, take the test before beginning Memoryze to find your benchmark. Then repeat the test every month or two to see how you're doing. Here are some links to tests that you can use to check your cognitive wellness:
Among the best predictors of memory decline or dementia risk are activities that test our ability to transfer information from short term memory to long term memory. Short term memory technically only lasts about 30 seconds. During that time, if they are working well, our brains will transfer that memory from short term to long term storage so we can recall that information in the future.
In the early stages, individuals with Alzheimer’s and most other forms of dementia (cognitive disability) are able to remember events that happened years ago, but they may not be able to remember what they had for breakfast. That is because their brain is having difficulty making new memories, i.e. transferring new information into long term storage. This requires a variety of nutrients to make chemical messengers and maintain receptor sites, which are often lacking in age related cognitive decline.
Activities like the following that measure the transfer of new information from short to long term memory have, therefore, been shown to be good predictors of future memory problems, and even risk for dementia.
This first test is called the delayed recall test. When you are ready to take this test set a timer for one minute. Then click on the link below this paragraph. That will take you to a list of unrelated words. Read over this list for one minute, then close the Test Words tab in your browser and set your timer for 10 minutes.
While you're waiting for the 10 minutes to pass, grab a sheet of paper, a pen or pencil (for the end of this test). Then do some other mental activity for the rest of those 10 minutes. Do NOT think about any of the words you just read. Here are some ideas to pass the time:
- Try to juggle 3 tangerines.
- Talk with someone about the game last night, or draw a picture.
- Read a magazine
- Take the Making Trails test (below)
- Do the Memory Activities (below)
When the 10 minutes is up, sit down with your pen/pencil and paper and write down as many of those 10 words as you can recall in one minute.
How did you do? If your delayed recall score was 5 you are borderline, and would likely benefit from Memoryze. 6 or more, you are still doing quite well (but of course Memoryze would still help to provide the nutrients your brain needs to stay healthy). If your score was less than 5, that suggests you have some room for improvement, especially if you had difficulty with any of the other memory tasks. Memorye may help with that. We suggest you try it for two months and test yourself again.
The following activities are most accurate if you have someone else give you the instructions. See how well you can do!
Long Term Word Recall: This activity is a measure of long term word recall. How good are you at remembering words you haven’t used for a while? Imagine you are going to a zoo. In 45 seconds write down as many animals and birds as you can think of that you might see in a zoo.
Counting Backwards: Count back from 100 by 7’s until you get to the number 65. Don’t use your fingers. Can you do that in a minute without any errors?
Backward Spelling: Can you spell the word WORLD backwards, without looking?
Can you repeat this phrase without looking without any errors? "The old man always wore a brown hat and black shoes to work."
Trail Making Test
Click on the below link to go to the Trail Making test.
(for information on interpreting your results of the Trail Making test, visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2693196/.)