A neuropsychological assessment is an evaluation of cognitive, emotional and intellectual functioning of adults and seniors with neurological, medical and/or psychiatric conditions. These conditions typically interfere with an individual’s quality and enjoyment of life. A neuropsychological assessment allows health professionals to evaluate current cognitive functioning and to diagnose impairments, including dementia and other pathological changes in functioning. Neuropsychological assessment is often recommended when adults present with memory complaints, changes in cognitive functioning, or psychiatric or medical issues. A key precursor to successful treatment, an assessment can be imperative for an accurate diagnosis and an exacting treatment plan.
Neuropsychological baseline testing is also recommended for healthy adults and seniors, in order to document an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and patterns of cognitive functioning. This baseline can then provide a comprehensive basis for comparison should any changes in cognition occur in the future.