Korean researchers have come up with a simple test that can help determine a person's risk for dementia.
The patient has to get up from a chair, walk at least three meters away, come back to the chair and sit down in less than ten seconds.
A joint medical team from Seoul National University Hospital and Seoul Samsung Hospital says the test was developed after a 5-year study on some 53-thousand individuals starting in 2007.
In the study, they put the subjects through an exercise drill and found a correlation with the onset of dementia within six years.
The test is a more fine-tuned version of that drill.
Those who can make the round trip out of the chair and back in the given time have a 34-percent lower chance of dementia in the next six years than those who can't.
One of the most frightening things about dementia is that it comes without warning.
There currently is no method known to detect or cure it, which leaves patients completely defenseless until they are hit with the most common symptom -- severe memory impairment.
The research team says that the test proved there is a direct link between cognitive deterioration and physical decrepitude and that the test method
will be used as a precautionary measure against dementia to give individuals a way to assess their brain condition on their own.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.