By Alan Mozes 

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Is there a simple way to screen older folks for dementia risk years before there are any signs of memory loss or thinking impairment?

Yes, researchers report.

It’s a test called SOMI, short for Stages of Objective Memory Impairment.

The process is straightforward. After being shown a series of images, patients who have no symptoms of dementia are asked to recall what they’ve seen, sometimes — if needed — with the help of clues.

After grading memory skills, participants are then ranked according to five stages of risk. Stage 0 represents no current memory…


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