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Old 11-03-2018, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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He has taken that test. The doctors aren't seeing him when the confusion hits. But it is very evident when it does and I have told them this too. His sister was the same way and her husband went through the same thing with the doctors that I am going through now.
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Next appointment, ask your doctor to administer the MMSE (Mini Mental State Exam). It's a short quiz, about 10 minutes long, that can help detect early dementia issues.

It includes simple questions, being asked to recall 3 words and repeat them back later, physically following a series of three instructions, repeating a sentence with words not commonly used together. Drawing a clock from memory, or copying a drawing of two overlapping pentagons. Seems pretty easy if you don't have memory problems, but determinant of particular areas that are difficult for those who do.
Iíve administered that test more than once as a Social Worker. Iíve jokingly said when Iím really old Iíll have a list of answers on a wall above a chair where Iíll invite the SW to sit. Yes, I can count backwards by sevens and spell world backwards. But remember this simple rule: itís normal to forget where you left your keys. Now if you forget what your keys are for, then you have a problem
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:18 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I never lose my keys, I’ve always put them in my purse, aka memory bag. Now glasses are another story. But I have one in each room and in my car.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:13 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Iíve administered that test more than once as a Social Worker. Iíve jokingly said when Iím really old Iíll have a list of answers on a wall above a chair where Iíll invite the SW to sit. Yes, I can count backwards by sevens and spell world backwards. But remember this simple rule: itís normal to forget where you left your keys. Now if you forget what your keys are for, then you have a problem
I always thought counting backwards by 7 was a very unfair test. I have never been able to do math in my head. Always need a scratch pad.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I always thought counting backwards by 7 was a very unfair test. I have never been able to do math in my head. Always need a scratch pad.
Well that's only one wuestion, and you ahve to miss more than one to be diagnosed. And if you tell the doctor that you've always had a math issue, he probably wouldn't count that one. The answer that really makes them worry is if you say 100, 82, 71, 12, 43...
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:30 AM
 
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I always thought counting backwards by 7 was a very unfair test. I have never been able to do math in my head. Always need a scratch pad.
Amen to this one. Some of the questions are stupid. And prove nothing.
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Old 11-04-2018, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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There's a doctor for that. Dr. Demento. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Demento
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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"They" have us believing there is a dementia crisis coming? Maybe they are counting on all the statins pushed on so many that dementia is a sure thing.

I posted what I do some posts back and certainly would not touch a statin and many of the drugs known to cause memory issues. One can do a search on that one.
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:21 AM
 
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Was this thread posted before? I can't remember.
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