importance of cognitive brain health assessment

The importance of baseline cognitive assessments

At Copeman Healthcare we pay special attention to your brain health. The baseline cognitive assessment test is usually the starting point for your brain health plan and is recommended for all clients who wish to be vigilant about their cognitive health.

A cognitive assessment evaluates important areas of brain function. These include memory, concentration, processing speed, language, and reasoning capabilities. In recent years, it has become clear that baseline cognitive assessments are critical to complete wellness because they set a personalized benchmark of brain health for future comparison. Just as changes in your blood pressure or waistline help your physician track your risk for metabolic syndrome, regular cognitive assessments allow your neuropsychologist to track changes in your brain health. This enables your team to identify early signs of problems and takes action right away. A baseline cognitive assessment provides a reference point to measure against in the case of problems or concerns (including major illness or brain injury). It also helps you and your team focus on specific areas when developing a treatment and prevention plan.

How do you know if a cognitive test is necessary?

Although appropriate for clients of all ages and in all phases of health, baseline cognitive assessments may be of greatest interest to those:

  • interested in early detection, prevention, and maximization of health assessments

  • aged 55 or older

  • with cardiac, vascular or other chronic health conditions

  • with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or neurological conditions

  • involved in activities that put them at increased risk for head injuries (e.g., sports, workplace duties)

Note that obtaining a baseline may be particularly important for children and adolescents, who tend to have active lifestyles and rapidly developing cognitive skills. Baseline cognitive assessments may be repeated every 1 to 5 years.

Each baseline cognitive test package includes:

  • Clinical consultation with a Neuropsychologist (Ph.D. expert in brain health)
  • Standardized testing
  • Recommendations to optimize brain health (provided to the client and their family physician)

Fees generally range from $425 to $3500 and can be booked by contacting your nearest Copeman Healthcare Centre Brain Health team.

Frequented Asked Questions

What is included in cognitive assessments?

At Copeman, our cognitive assessment measures and quantifies important aspects of your brain’s functioning including memory, concentration, processing speed, language, and reasoning capabilities. Each cognitive assessment provides consultation with a Neuropsychologist (Ph.D. expert in brain health) standardized testing, and recommendations to optimize brain health.

What is the purpose of a cognitive assessment?

The purpose of a cognitive assessment is to determine the health of your brain through measuring important cognitive domainsFurthermore, a cognitive assessment provides a baseline of your cognitive health in order to track your brain functioning over time and personalized recommendations on ways to optimize cognitive functioning, over time.

What is a cognitive screening?

Cognitive screening is a brief neuropsychological assessment (some other types of neuropsychological assessment can involve one to two days of testing, depending on the referral question) The cognitive screening will be most beneficial to individuals who are: interested in early detection and prevention and who want to maximize health assessments and quantitative measurement of cognitive functioning. It is helpful for individuals aged 55 or older and who might have cardiac, vascular, other chronic health conditions, or a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or other neurological conditions.

How long does a cognitive assessment take?

The cognitive assessment takes between 3 to 4 hours and can be repeated every 1 to 5 years.

What are the signs of cognitive impairment?

Early signs of cognitive impairment include difficulty recalling recent events or conversations, difficulty keeping track of appointments, changes in language or speech, changes in the ability to problem-solve or multi-task, changes in spatial navigation, or changes in motor or sensory functioning. 

Is cognitive decline preventable?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It progresses slowly but eventually leads to severe memory loss, changes in judgment, difficulty with speech, and dependence on others for everyday tasks. Unfortunately, no one is immune to the threat of cognitive illness. In the last decade, many well-known figures such as Ronald Reagan, Rita Hayworth, and most recently, Margaret Thatcher, had dementia. Although Alzheimer’s disease remains an incurable and progressive illness, causing an untold burden on families and loved ones, there is increasing evidence that the risk of developing dementia can be mitigated by certain modifiable risk factors… To start, you must determine “your numbers” such as blood pressure, body mass index, and total cholesterol. At the most basic level, ensure you have a personalized healthcare plan, eat right, and exercise consistently.

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