The Mini-Cog™ was created by Dr. Soo Borson at the University of Washington. Mini-Cog™ can be one component of a full assessment for dementia or Alzheimers. It is effective in detecting cognitive impairment in milder stages.

Administered by

  • Primary Care Physicians

Functions Tested

  • Recall
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Initiation
  • Energy
  • Mental clarity
  • Indecision
  • Graphical abilities
  • Stimulus-Bound Response
  • Conceptual abilities
  • Spatial abilities
  • Planning abilities
  • Perseveration

Interpreting Results

  • Combined test scores indicate either a positive or a negative presence of dementia.


  • Mini-Cog™
  • Borson S, Scanlan JM, Chen PJ et al. Mini-Cog as a screen for dementia: Validation in a population-based sample. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003;51:1451-1454.
  • Borson S, Scanlan JM, Wantanbe, J et al. Improving identification of cognitive impairment in primary care. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2006:21:349-355.