Donald Trump Got a Perfect Score on This Dementia Assessment
It’s not unusual for a doctor to test a patient for dementia above the age of 65. While what you eat and how you live might decrease your dementia risk and improve your cognitive health, there’s nothing more important than early intervention in helping someone cope with the disease.
While there’s a lot we already know about Donald Trump’s health — and a lot we still don’t — he’s definitely not shy in sharing his excellent cognitive health. But what does the “difficult” test he took actually mean?
People are worried about Donald Trump’s health
In late 2017, Donald Trump appeared to slur his words while giving an important speech. That, on top of his ongoing Twitter rants and other behaviors before and after taking office, caused many around the world to question his mental fitness.
In terms of cognitive health, both Trump and his doctor say he’s just fine. In fact, the president can’t stop talking about his amazing test results.
Next: Is Donald Trump really as smart as he says he is?
Trump calls himself a ‘stable genius’
He earned a perfect score on a cognitive test, which, on the surface, might seem to signal an exceptional level of intelligence.
In reality, the cognitive assessment Trump’s doctor gave him screens for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. To measure someone’s general intelligence, you’d have to give them an official IQ test. A person’s IQ compares their overall cognitive ability to the rest of the population. If Trump had an IQ above 130, technically, he might be right about the whole ‘genius’ thing.
Next: He calls himself “smart” — but is he at risk for a brain disorder?
What increases a person’s dementia risk?
Donald Trump does not drink or smoke, but his father suffered from Alzheimer’s. However, these aren’t the only factors that might predict whether or not the president could be at risk.
Those over the age of 65 are especially vulnerable to the cognitive decline associated with dementia. At 71, he’s more at risk than a significant percentage of Americans.
Next: Is the president suffering from dementia?
Does Donald Trump have dementia?
Some sources have claimed Donald Trump has shown early signs of dementia, but haven’t specified what those signs actually are.
If that were true, he would likely display dementia warning signs like forgetfulness, difficulty completing simple tasks like remembering the rules to a game, and an inability to communicate thoughts coherently. Others’ concern, along with his age, may explain why Trump’s doctor screened him for dementia.
Next: This is what Trump’s cognitive test actually looked like.
What is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment?
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is an exam doctors use to assess cognitive health. It’s a screening test to determine if someone might have Alzheimer’s disease or other possible types of dementia.
Test-takers must perform a variety of tasks, including drawing a clock, identifying pictures of animals, repeating numbers and phrases, and reciting the current calendar date. The administrator bases their scores, out of a possible 30, on their accuracy performing each task.
Next: What does it mean to get a perfect MOCA score?
What does Trump’s perfect score actually mean?
Trump scored a 30 out of 30, where anything above 26 is considered normal. Earning a score of 30 means he is of normal cognitive health.
A large portion of the test is memory-based. One telltale sign of dementia involves memory loss. A person in declining or poor cognitive health would likely have a hard time recalling a list of words just spoken to them. Trump had no difficulty with this, so his memory is, as reported, fine.
Next: Donald Trump is in good cognitive health — but what about his mental health?
This assessment says nothing about Donald Trump’s mental health
This assessment evaluated the president’s cognitive health and determined he does not show early signs of dementia. Assessing cognitive and mental health actually isn’t the same thing.
Donald Trump chose not to undergo an official evaluation from a psychiatrist. Despite many speculations from psychology experts across the country, we don’t know if he could even be diagnosed with any form of mental health disorder.
Next: But is he physically fit to serve?
What about Donald Trump’s physical health?
In addition to MOCA, White House physician performed an annual physical and released the results to the public. According to the report, Donald Trump is in good physical health. Based on the numbers alone, everything looks fine.
The president’s daily list of medications and his unhealthy obsession with McDonald’s may seem alarming, but really, how different is he from the rest of us? If you weren’t hungry for a Big Mac 10 seconds ago, you are now.
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