What Is A Delayed Recall Test, And How Is It Used To Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease?

Dr. Mary Sano answers the question: 'What Is A Delayed Recall Test?'

May 4, 2009 -- Question: What is a delayed recall test, and how is it used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease?

Answer: Delayed recall is one of the tests that we depend most on to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. In this kind of a test, you would be given some material to remember, either a list of words or a paragraph. And at a later point in time, you would be asked to recall those items. The reason the delayed recall is so important is it measures the specific kind of memory that's impaired in Alzheimer's disease.