According to a study done by the Australian Department of Health, seniors over 65 years old are at a high risk of suffering from dementia.  Early detection of dementia is becoming more and more common. However, cultural and linguistic barriers make it particularly easy to misdiagnose early onset dementia for Australian seniors from multi-cultural backgrounds.

The importance of early dementia detection

Early dementia detection can make a positive impact on the lives of some patients with curable cerebrovascular diseases, including those with cognitive impairment. Most of the medicines recommended for Alzheimer’s disease are useful during the mild to moderate stages of the disease.

What is RUDAS?

The Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS) is a short cognitive screening instrument, that takes around 10 minutes to complete. It is designed to minimise the effects of cultural learning and language diversity on the assessment of baseline cognitive performance.

Benefits of using RUDAS

  1. Targeted screening for early and accurate diagnoses of dementia helps improve the lives of non English speaking seniors.
  2. Helps GPs’ diagnose dementia, make the initiate appropriate assessments and referrals, monitor the disease’s progression, and provide continuous methods of managing the disease.
  3. Early detection means earlier access to support services and treatments, including eligibility for medication subsidies. This is helpful to both dementia patients and their caregivers.
  4. RUDAS is different from the widely used MMSE (mini mental state examination). The MMSE provides measures of orientation, registration (immediate memory), short-term memory (but not long-term memory) as well as language functioning.  RUDAS was at least as accurate as the MMSE in diagnosing dementia and is no more time-consuming to perform.
  5. Provides an objective measurement of a person’s cognitive status, which does not depend on other’s description of the person’s life. Half of all dementia patients, do not have a caregivers or others in their lives.
  6. RUDAS is easy to use and can be offered in 30 different languages.

Merbar’s Professional Services

All of Melbar’s case managers and registered nurses, are trained to provide you with this in-home service. The evaluation results will be kept in your file or forward to your GP, if necessary. You will also receive follow up to help, support and services.

Please contact your case manager, if you want to learn more or make an appointment for this service.

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