Memory failures of everyday questionnaire (MFE)

One of the most recent studies on the predominance of cognitive deterioration in Spain points out that about 18.5% of the persons older than 65 years endures this condition. (Vega Alonso et al. 2016).

Of them, some of them already have dementia and others mild cognitive impairment (of these about 60% also will develop dementia).

Then: Why is not a habitual practice to value the cognitive state? Why do we worry about knowing so much how we have the cholesterol or the glucose but we do not worry about the brain?

Maybe for fear, for ignorance, and for the absence of social conscience on these topics.


The cognitive deterioration is an alteration of the intellectual functioning. The cognitive function comprises processes as the memory, the language, the spatial orientation, anyway, all that allow us to know and interact with our environment.

When a person has cognitive deterioration, one or several of the processes it has a bad functioning, for example, the affected one forgets things that are supposed to remember, like the things he/she does in its everyday life.

The cognitive deterioration is a condition that is evident in diverse grades. There are persons with mild cognitive impairment, another very popular term and that implies that problems exist, but these do not go so far as to affect significantly the daily life, while others have a cognitive deterioration so advanced that it already implies the existence of a dementia.
We leave you in this one link, a questionnaire that you can do yourselves, with the target to verify your ‘cognitive health’. If you get a punctuation upper to 50, it is recommended to come to a professional to realize a more exhaustive evaluation.

The Memory Failures of Everyday Questionnaire (MFE)

Translation by Patricia Rey.

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