When it comes to determining whether or not someone may have Alzheimer's, a new study indicates a questionnaire may help with that answer.
According to HealthDay, researchers from Banner Sun Health Research Institute developed a series of "yes" or "no" questions relating to memory loss and whether certain memory problems are normal or may be indicative of a more serious issue.
Published in the online version of BMC Geriatrics, the study's researchers discovered that based on 21 items that were scored - otherwise known as the AQ - a score of 15 or more predicted Alzheimer's disease, while totals between 5 and 14 suggested mild cognitive impairment. Anything lower than four suggested no memory problems at all, according to the source.
"While the AQ cannot be used as a definitive guide to diagnosing [Alzheimer's disease], it is a quick and simple-to-use indicator that may help physicians determine which individuals should be referred for more extensive testing," said the study's lead author, Michael Malek-Ahmadi.
He added that the questionnaire could also help determine when affected individuals may benefit from earlier treatment, HealthDay reports.