Research and Funding

Instruments to Detect Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Cognitive Toolkit

For more information, contact:
Samir Sauma, Ph.D., M.P.H
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Bethesda, MD

Clinicians and researchers can use this searchable database to identify published instruments for use in their outpatient practice or community studies. The database, which contains information about 116 instruments, was created by staff at the National Institute on Aging at NIH, in consultation with experts in the field.

Users may search by specific criteria, such as time to administer, language, or format. They can also identify instruments that have been evaluated in specific populations (for example, African-American and Hispanic) or for specific diagnoses. Click on the instrument name to get a full description, including method of administration, cost, cognitive domains assessed, and other characteristics. References, including the original article on each instrument, are cited and linked for easy access.

For more information about Alzheimer's disease and dementia, go to NIA's Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center site. For training materials and other resources, visit the Alzheimer's and Dementia Resources for Professionals page.

Database current as of May, 2012