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January 12, 2011

Online Tool Helps Determine Dementia Risk

RESTON, VA, January 12, 2011 – A new Dementia Risk Assessment has been developed by Jason Brandt, Ph.D., Director of the Copper Ridge Institute and a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The purpose of the assessment is to help individuals determine if they, or a loved one, are at risk of developing dementia and whether they should seek a formal, in-person clinical evaluation.

The tool, which is currently being refined and validated, is not meant to replace a full evaluation from a physician, but does provide a research-based way to help a person become educated about a condition that is best managed if caught early.

Astute developed and hosts the Alzcast.org website and engineered the online version of the tool in conjunction with Dr. Brandt and CRI. The Assessment takes the form of an Internet-based questionnaire with participants answering yes/no questions regarding health history and symptoms. The assessment also includes a brief memory test which could point to a subtle cognitive decline. The assessment is free, and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete online. To view the assessment, click here.

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