Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly

SAGE

Self Administered Gerocognitive Exam

Purpose : Detect early signs of cognitive (memory or thinking) impairments.Accurately identify early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia


Admin time :  10-15 min

 
User Friendly :  High


Administered by : Healthcare provider or self administered

 

Content : The SAGE test measures :

  • Orientation (month, date, and year)

  • Language (verbal fluency and picture naming)

  • Reasoning and simple math skills

  • Visuospatial orientation

  • Executive function

  • Memory

 

Author :  Scharre D, 2007 The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

 

Copyright: The Ohio State University

Free to use

Translations: SAGE is available in other languages, including English (US) and English (New Zealand)

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SAGE (Eng. UK) Test Form 1

SAGE (Eng. UK) Test Form 2

SAGE (Eng. UK) Test Form 3

SAGE (Eng. UK) Test Form 4

SAGE

 

Advantages:

  • Quick

  • Accurate

  • Self-administered

  • Four different examples to choose between. Seniors could take the test annually for four years without any need to repeat the questions. This reduces the chance of people practicing the same test multiple times and giving remembered answers

  • Available in several other languages.

Disadvantages: 

  • Cannot be self-scored immediately after completion. Requires doctor scoring and interpretation in clinical context.

Accuracy : 

Sensitivity : 95%,  specificity 79% (Scharre DW, 2010)

SAGE compares favorably with the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE), a standard exam for testing cognitive ability that must be administered by someone else.

In terms of accuracy in diagnosing dementia, the SAGE test has higher sensitivity than the MMSE (95% vs. 90%) as well as higher specificity (79% vs. 71%). (Scharre DW, 2010)

SAGE compares favorably with the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a standard exam for testing cognitive ability that must be administered by someone else.

In terms of accuracy in diagnosing dementia, the SAGE test has higher sensitivity than the MMSE (95% vs. 91%) as well as higher specificity (79% vs. 67%). (Scharre DW, 2017)

This Tool is used in Dementia

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Dementia is one of 4 sub-domains of the  

Psychological Assessment

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The Psychological Assessment is one of 8 domains of the

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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