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Have you forgotten something?

Most of us have had the experience of forgetting a name or an appointment. We might have forgotten where we placed something or can’t think of a particular word.

Some memory loss problems can be a normal part of aging and are often nothing to worry about. Other times they can be caused by various medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, which may require treatment. When this is the case, it is important to diagnose the source of these problems early.

COGNIGRAM® is a tool to help you and your doctor track changes in your brain's cognitive function over time.

See the benefits of early diagnosis

See the benefits of early diagnosis

Have you forgotten something?

Most of us have had the experience of forgetting a name or an appointment. We might have forgotten where we placed something or can’t think of a particular word.

Some memory loss problems can be a normal part of aging and are often nothing to worry about. Other times they can be caused by various medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, which may require treatment. When this is the case, it is important to diagnose the source of these problems early.

COGNIGRAM® is a tool to help you and your doctor track changes in your brain's cognitive function over time.

See the benefits of early diagnosis

TOP 5 BENEFITS
OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS

"Everyone with dementia is entitled to a ‘timely’ diagnosis at the moment when they and their families first express concerns and have a need for advice, treatment or support."

Why identify memory loss problems early?

Early identification of memory loss related to aging is important. So why are most people with dementia identified late, when there are less options available to help?

Unfortunately, the majority of people do not know when forgetting becomes a serious health problem. By delaying the identification of memory loss, people are being diagnosed too late and missing their window of opportunity to get the best help possible.

There are many valuable benefits of early diagnosis for you, your family and your caregivers.

  • 1

    You can understand your diagnosis:

    Learning about your diagnosis will help you accept it. It is important to understand what your diagnosis means to you and your family and what you face in the road ahead.

  • 2

    You can participate in healthcare decisions:

    You can make your hopes and requests known so that you and your family can discuss treatment options and make decisions together.

  • 3

    You can start treatment early:

    Treatment is typically most effective when started early in the disease process. Starting earlier may also provide you with more opportunities to try a variety of treatment options.

  • 4

    You can live well with your disease:

    You can focus on what is important to you and take steps to improve your health and lifestyle.

  • 5

    You can plan for the future:

    You can start making plans for the future such as housing, financial and legal arrangements.

Talk to your doctor about your concerns because knowing earlier can make a difference.

Ask your doctor to prescribe a
Cognigram assessment

TOP 5 NEXT STEPS
FOLLOWING DIAGNOSIS

If I am diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), what steps can I take to best deal with the situation?

  • 1

    Follow your doctor’s recommendations for healthy living:

    Are you smoking? Are you exercising? Are there other health problems that can impact your brain health, e.g., high blood pressure?

  • 2

    Commit to your treatment plan:

    Actively participate in any strategies such as taking medication and attending therapy.

  • 3

    Learn about your diagnosis:

    Ask questions and seek education so you can understand what to expect and how to handle upcoming challenges.

  • 4

    Take advantage of resources:

    Join community support groups and education programs.

  • 5

    Plan for the future:

    Discuss next steps and future plans with your family.

Ask your doctor to prescribe a
Cognigram assessment

WHAT IS
COGNIGRAM®?

Cognigram's computer based evaluation tool uses images of playing cards.

COGNIGRAM® is a tool to help you and your doctor track changes in your brain's cognitive function over time.

The results can help in deciding if follow-up, treatment or lifestyle changes are needed.

The COGNIGRAM Experience

COGNIGRAM® is an easy to use computer-based evaluation tool that uses images of playing cards.

  • 1

    Simple to use:

    It just requires you to respond to questions pressing a “yes” or “no” button connected to a computer.

  • 2

    Quick:

    It requires approximately 30 minutes of your time from arrival to completion.

  • 3

    Clear results:

    Your answers are analyzed to measure your reaction time, attention and memory compared to people within your age group. A report of your results is then sent to your doctor.

Ask your doctor to prescribe a
Cognigram assessment

HOW DOES
COGNIGRAM® WORK?

You will be asked a series of “yes” or “no” questions about the cards.

Here are some questions you will be asked:

  • Has the card turned over?
  • Is the card red?
  • Have you seen this card before?
  • Is this card the same as the previous card?

What else do I need to know?

You will take the COGNIGRAM® evaluation in a quiet, private room. The evaluation will be performed with the assistance of qualified personnel, who will stay with you during the entire process in case you have any questions.

How COGNIGRAM works

Ask your doctor to prescribe a
Cognigram assessment

TOP 5 BRAIN
HEALTH TIPS

Healthy Living Helps Your Brain
  • 1

    MAKE A PLAN

    Discuss with your doctor what’s best for you. Commit to following your doctor’s recommendations to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • 2

    BE ACTIVE

    Walk, swim, dance! Exercise keeps the blood moving and gets more oxygen to the brain. Even modest exercise such as walking and gardening can be beneficial.

  • 3

    EAT WELL

    Follow Canada’s Food Guide. In particular, fruits such as blueberries and raspberries, vegetables (especially leafy greens) and omega-3 fatty acids (found in cold water fish like salmon and in flax seed and walnuts) are considered great brain foods.

  • 4

    MAINTAIN AN ACTIVE SOCIAL LIFE

    Staying connected with family and friends can be good for your brain. Get together with friends and family for activities like games and going to the movies.

  • 5

    GIVE YOUR BRAIN A WORK OUT

    Activities such as crossword puzzles, reading, painting or drawing are great for the brain.

Talk to your doctor about how COGNIGRAM® provides important information you and your doctor need.