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Dementia: Memory test you can do in 'less than five minutes' – signs of cognitive decline

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The Six Item Cognitive Impairment Test (6CIT) test “takes less than five minutes”, said Dr Barlett.

Furthermore, it is “hugely sensitive for picking up that someone you love may be suffering from dementia”.

The 6CIT test

There are six questions you need to ask to test for cognitive capabilities.

1. What year is it? (Correct, 0 points; incorrect, four points)
2. What month is it? (Correct, 0 points; incorrect, three points)

Then “give the patient [or family member] an address phrase to remember with five components”. An example could be “John, Smith, 42, High St, Bedford”.

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