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Online Alzheimer's tests: Unscientific and inaccurate

Stay away from simplistic check-the-box memory quizzes. They may lead to unnecessary worry—or false reassurance.

Memory tests are all over the Internet, but they are notoriously poor at evaluating your memory and mental skills. If you are already concerned about your memory and wonder if it means Alzheimer's disease, talk to a professional. "If people are that worried, they really should make an appointment with a doctor," says Dorene Rentz, clinical neuropsychologist and co-director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Harvard Medical School.

Experts give online tests an F

Researchers based at the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia evaluated 16 online tests. Two independent panels of experts recruited for the study said that the tests examined fall short in several important ways:

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