Clinical assessment of memory impairment

If a progressive memory disease is suspected (e.g. one of the domains in the CERAD test battery is abnormal), but a definite diagnosis cannot be established straightaway, regular follow-up is necessary either every six or twelve months depending on the case. The clinical assessment of a patient with memory impairment primarily includes symptom questionnaires, an assessment of memory and cognitive functions, an assessment of coping with everyday activities as well as of mood and behavioural symptoms. The diagnosis and treatment assessment of memory diseases require specialist knowledge and experience. Working-age patients should be referred directly to a neurological memory clinic.