The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a short test designed to screen people for mild memory and other cognitive problems. It assesses numerous elements related to thinking and problem solving. These include concentration, attention, orientation, memory, language, visuospatial abilities, conceptual thinking, and calculations. The MoCA is a one page test which takes only 10-15 minutes to complete. The highest possible score is 30, and 26 or above is considered to be normal. The MoCA may not be as helpful in people who don’t speak English as their first language- in those individuals we often us the RUDAS scale, which gives us very similar information.
People who score less than 26 on the MoCA will usually be offered a full neuropsychological assessment, as well as a review with one of our neurologists. The aim of this approach is to make sure there is no underlying problem, and if there is to make an accurate diagnosis and start treatment.
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.