The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used test for the evaluation of cognitive impairment. It consists of a brief questionnaire scored out of 30 points and examines cognitive functions including orientation, memory, attention and language function. It is used both as a screening tool for dementia as well as to grade the severity of cognitive impairment. It is a well validated test that is widely used across many countries, having been translated into different languages. However, because it is a brief test, a normal score on the test (27 and above) does not exclude the possibility of mild cognitive impairment or dementia, nor does an abnormal score always indicate the presence of dementia. A more accurate test to use is the MOCA, or Montreal Cognitive Assessment.
Remember Advanced Memory Clinic is a multidisciplinary multidisciplinary specialist medical service which provides expert assessment, treatment, education and support for individuals with cognitive complaints and their carers. The specialist team usually comprises a cognitive neurologist, neuropsychologist, psychologist, neurosurgeon, dietician, exercise physiologist, rehabilitation specialist and psychiatrist.