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Cognitive Decline Scale (PAS)

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Publication date: 
December 2016
Publication type: 
Guideline
Intended audience: 
Health sector
Description: 

The Cognitive Decline Scale performs well as a screening test for dementia. 

It is suitable if your care recipient: 

  • is non-verbal  

  • has reduced fine motor skills 

  • is visually impaired 

It is not influenced by education or intelligence earlier in life. It avoids this by asking about changes in everyday cognitive functioning from earlier life.  

If someone has had a limited education and performs poorly on the Cognitive Impairment Scale, but not poorly on the Cognitive Decline Scale, low cognitive ability may be lifelong. 

For how to use this scale, read the PAS User Guide