Cognitive impairment is the turning point in home caregiving. When reasoning and thinking abilities become faulty the other side of that coin is ‘at risk’. Caring is now faced with custodial accountability for another person … Safety demands you cross this Rubicon.
One exercise that a neurologist might charge you to administer and analyze is the “animals in a minute test”, asking a patient to name as many animals as possible in 60 seconds. Able minded people “should” be able to name at least 13 animals.
While Patti enjoys herself in this You Tube video it does take her twice that time and the assistance of blatant coaching and hints to successfully name the animals.
Failing to name 13 animals in 60 seconds “could be” an indication of fronto-temporal lobe dementia. That’s a moot point here because in Patti’s specific course of progression of Multiple Sclerosis her frontal lobe and associated functions was an early victim.
MS has ‘invisible symptoms’, this is just about trying to capture and share one of them that most impacts caregiving … and have some fun while living with MS. Laughter is a treatment, even though not FDA certified.
I want to acknowledge Tammy of Blogger journal The Daily Warrior for reminding me of this particular test and Megan and Jennifer for their 'consultations' and support with this video production.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer