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Topic: Memory Testing
2015-02-05 14:59:39
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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The Following Post was shared with me by email to be shared here by member Bluebird.

Some thoughts on memory testing:

While I do understand that the medical system needs something tangible to measure assess or diagnose just about anything. what I witnessed with the memory testing to which my husband was subjected for the purpose of tracking the progression of his dementia could only be described as insensitive at its best and downright emotionally brutal at its worst.



2015-02-05 14:59:39
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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More thoughts from Bluebird:
In spite of his growing cognitive impairment, he was clearly painfully aware that he was failing at something, and this will undermine anybody's confidence. Every single time he was given the memory test, whether administrated by a nurse in a doctor's office or by an OT in our own home, he broke down in frustration and humiliation.



2015-02-05 15:01:22
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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Bluebird continued. Some of the questions are ridiculous like how many random people in our lives can readily count backwards from 100 by sevens? Some are out of place in the life of a retired person, who no longer lives within the framework of a job, dreading Mondays, looking forward to Fridays, who experiences life with one day sliding gently into the next.

2015-02-05 15:05:42
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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I would love to see someone submit staff in a nursing home, or anywhere else, for that matter, to this test and see how they all fare. And make sure they do it without warning so there can be no prep. That's how our loved ones get it. This is one of the things that needs changing.
Bluebird


2015-02-05 15:06:38
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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Thanks Bluebird, Sorry I had to make so many posts. The site wouldn't receive all your comments at once (for some reason). I really appreciate your input and I am curious - what are other people's experiences around memory testing?

2015-02-05 15:08:12
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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Teepa Snow is pretty amazing isn't she? Really makes you think and reminds us to really SEE the person - not just the old person or patient in front of you. Thanks for sharing.

2015-02-25 00:22:36