What is Mini-ACE?
The term stands for Mini-Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination and is a medically recognised and accepted cognitive screening test.
It is a shortened version of the ACE III which is a widely adopted and validated tool currently used in memory clinics and dementia research around the world.
The Mini-ACE assesses five cognitive domains:
- Verbal fluency
- Visuospatial abilities.
On average, the test takes around 5 to 10 minutes to complete and has a maximum score of 30. Higher scores are an indication of better cognitive functioning.
What is the purpose of Mini-ACE?
Cognitive screening might be necessary for a number of reasons, including:
- To identify dementia
- To detect early cognitive decline, such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
- To differentiate between types of dementia, MCI, depression etc.
- To monitor disease progression.
However, no individual screening method should be used in isolation, as there isn’t a type of screening that does everything. Therefore, formal cognitive assessment should be undertaken alongside full history, collateral history, mental state examination, dementia screening blood tests and brain scans.
What are the limitations of Mini-ACE?
All types of screening have limitations as tests only cover selected areas of cognition. Other limitations include:
- Test conditions, e.g. noisy environments, time of day, state of health, mood, test administration
- Lower levels of education or an intellectual or learning disability
- Sensory impairment and receptive or expressive dysphasia
- Impairment of the dominant hand function
- Depression, anxiety and psychosis
- An element of cultural bias
- The first language of the person being tested is not English
Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive screening test (worth £100).
If you are worried about memory loss affecting yourself or a family member, a dementia assessment can provide comfort and peace of mind.
Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive test (worth £100).