Friday, 4 August 2017

Taking the Dementia test ?

It's very rare ATR would ever put up a link to posts from here, mainly because they are heavily charity sponsored, have bias, and/or operate the deaf closed shop mostly.  But as the UK is heavily discussing dementia awareness, and focusing on those with hearing loss as prime targets for dementia, this blogger inadvertently can suggest why early 'signs' are being ignored, or memory recall being downgraded to support a signing ideal...

An important point is these are often clues to dementia to a a medico. Deaf people focus on visuals almost to the exclusion of everything else, in the process they tend as the poster suggested, then lose out on memory recall of names etc.  But that's fine they are deaf.  It's even a corner stone of being a sign user.e don't know what her name is but drawing attention to the fact she has a big nose or something will do just as well.

Deaf recall people via images of them, hearing people do, via there 'I know the face, can't place the name' thing, and many signs of people are NOT via finger spelt names, which would aid remembering people by name, but focusing on an aspect of a person's appearance.  (Hence 'sign names etc).  The vid below lauds The fact signs replace the name recall.  It's part of deaf culture after all.

It isn't helped by the perception sign language uses 'holistic' signing to cover a multitude of detail, you get a concept, but you have to go into the detail yourself. It is argued then such translated simplification downgrades the need to attain real details.  We get the idea, not how it works. Terps are well aware of the huge diversity in educational knowledge in deaf too. But this is an important 'pointer' to a medico assessing you.  Many deaf suffer eye issues another main problem.  You cannot describe what you see if you cannot see it properly.

Dementia testing, would YOU pass it ?  This is an offical NHS UK version...

A range of tests and diagnostic procedures is needed to diagnose dementia, but there are several that are fairly commonly used to diagnose dementia.

People with symptoms of dementia are often given questionnaires to help test their mental abilities, to see how severe any memory problems may be. One widely used test is the mini mental state examination (MMSE).

The MMSE assesses a number of different mental abilities, including:

short- and long-term memory
attention span
language and communication skills
ability to plan
ability to understand instructions.

The MMSE is a series of exercises, each carrying a score with a maximum of 30 points. 

These exercises include:

Memorising a short list of objects and then repeating the list.

Writing a short sentence that is grammatically correct, such as "the dog sat on the floor".

Correctly answering time-orientation questions, such as identifying the day of the week, the date or the year.

The MMSE is not a prime test to diagnose dementia. However, it is useful for assessing the level of mental impairment that a person with dementia may have.

Test scores may be influenced by a person's level of education. For example, someone who cannot read or write very well may have a lower score, but they may not have dementia. Similarly, someone with a higher level of education may achieve a higher score, but still have dementia.

NOTE:  A number of these tests are not even based on the fact you cannot hear, or never had any useful hearing, or, an in-depth dementia test that has at its base AWARENESS, either of loss, or language.  The cards look pretty stacked against aren't they ?  Young deaf would certainly fail.  If the test doesn't reveal dementia it would still reveal mental impairment.  Sod's law for the Deaf.

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