New communication test provides early indicator of dementia


“Our discovery demonstrates changes in the brain regions that process speech into understandable words occur early on. This finding could be the first sign of decline in communication-related brain function and the research technique used in the study could lead to the development of a cost-effective and objective dementia screening test for older adults.”

– Dr. Claude Alain, the study’s senior author and senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI)

Their research technique was able to predict Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that is likely to develop into Alzheimer’s, with 80 per cent accuracy. Based on this, the researchers hope to explore the development a portable, reliable and easy-to-use alternate diagnostic test for MCI.

Read more about the study’s findings here.