Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Geriatrics

Clin Geriatr Med. 2018 Nov;34(4):515-536. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2018.06.004.


There are many instruments for screening cognitive impairment. The common tools for screening cognitive impairment are categorized into 4 groups (very brief, brief, self-administered, and test batteries) in geriatrics. There are some tests used for specific tests of 6 cognitive domains (learning and memory, language, executive function, complex attention, and social cognition) by following the DSM-V criteria. Different settings, stages, conditions, and specific people need some specific tools for screening cognitive impairment. It must be noted that there is some harm in screening for cognitive impairment in geriatrics.

Keywords: Assessment; Cognitive impairment; Dementia; Early detection of disease; Geriatrics; Neuropsychology; Screening.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive Dysfunction* / diagnosis
  • Cognitive Dysfunction* / psychology
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Executive Function
  • Geriatric Assessment / methods*
  • Geriatrics / methods
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Neuropsychological Tests*