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I don’t recall exactly, but DH tests took 1-3 hours, over several days, with several specialists with similar names. I don’t think he could have done a full day, although he did not seem to find it stressful at all, but they seemed to realize those limits.
The fuller testing was EXTREMELY useful. DH then could bs his was through the 20 questions or so, tests like a PCP does. DH would smile and nod, use a couple stock phrases like “who cares?” (Always smiling), or some jokey non-answer, the PCP gave him more “credit” on those prelim tests. It took the longer questions, more conversation, and scans to show how much he’d lost and was no longer able to grasp.
The Dx was “probably Alzheimer’s” which they said they felt sure was AD but they just won’t say that. The scans later showed significant atrophy/loss, very obvious.
They still remarked on how good his social skills were, compared to how much he’d lost in other areas. They said a person in a quick encounter (like his PCP, and yes I’m still irritated about it) could be fooled. Now it’s more obvious, this was more than a year ago.
About 4 years ago my DW was tested on that 4 hrs long testing by neuropsycholgist due to memory problems.
On the first test, it took about 4 hours, and at the end DW was exhausted. The results came back as MCI (Mild Cognitive Impaired)
Two years later the same test was done, this time the results showed increased loss of memory, and the Alz word was used in the results.
A year later again the same test was given, but this time they stopped it after just 15 minutes. She had done so poorly with the testing that they said she wasn't able to go on. At that point Alz was classified as the source and she was about stage 5-6.
Within a year she had declined to the point I had to have 3 caregivers for half a year, and then she entered MC, and is there now at stage 7. Been there for 7 months.
The tests did two things. Cleared a fast track into MC.
Next, the Long Term Care insurance policy went into effect with out any red tape or delay.
So my take on it, is do the testing to get a base line and then followup to see the rate of decline.