Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly
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
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)
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.
Cannot be self-scored immediately after completion. Requires doctor scoring and interpretation in clinical context.
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
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The Psychological Assessment is one of 8 domains of the
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)
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