Archive for the ‘Elder Care’ Category

Set the time to ’10 past 11′

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Clock-drawing has become one of the standard cognitive screening tools used around the world.  How did this particular test achieve such popularity and why is it so useful?  Originally, the clock-drawing test was cited in a leading Neurology textbook as a means of specifically assessing parietal lobe function in the brain ...

Having The Last Word

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The Globe and Mail’s 'Public Editor’, Ms. Sylvia Stead, wrote a piece in the July 26, 2014 Saturday paper called ‘When capturing a life in a few hundred words, try to avoid mistakes’. Good advice. I have been reading obits for the last few decades and I would say they ...

What if I can’t spell ‘WORLD’ backwards?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Clinicians and lawyers are regularly exposed to a score on the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) also known as the ‘Folstein test’ after the developer of the most widely used cognitive screening tool in the world. Yet it is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted tests in Medicine, not to ...