It may be easier than you think
President Donald Trump declared on Twitter in early January that he was a “very stable genius” which made people think that he was suffering from a disorder like dementia. While anyone following his many grandiose, and perhaps ill-informed, tweets knows that the President often compliments himself, the growing concern over Trump’s mental fitness to serve as president grew so large that he decided to take matters into his own hands…
President Trump reportedly asked that Read Adm. Ronny Jackson add a cognitive test to his yearly physical so that he could prove there was nothing wrong with his brain. Dr. Ronny said that he had no initial intention of testing the President’s cognitive ability, but he administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment during the physical.
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) was created in 1996 by Zlad Nasreddine and is used to detect Mild Cognitive Impairment and early Alzheimer’s Disease. The 10-minute oral and written exam has a maximum score of 30. Twenty-six or over is considered average, and people with a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) score about 22. Alzheimer’s sufferers usually score around a 16.
Dr. Ronny Jackson completed the President’s physical and MoCA in four hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with 12 consultants. He reported on Tuesday, Jan. 16 that the only thing wrong with President Trump is that he’s bordering on being considered obese. He weighs 239 pounds and has a well-known love for fast foods and unhealthy options. Dr. Ronny said that he would work with Trump and his wife Melania to design an exercise regimen to decrease his weight. The 71-year-old did however score a 30 on the MoCA.
“There’s no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues. He’s very sharp. He’s very articulate when he speaks to me,” Dr. Jackson said in a press conference. Trump’s personal doctor said during the presidential campaign that he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected president,” a claim that Dr. Jackson would not comment on. Dr. Jackson did say, however, that “[Trump] has a lot of energy, a lot of energy and a lot of stamina.”
While the results for the President were positive, people were wondering what was on the cognitive exam that he passed so easily.
Take the MoCA
The MoCA consists of about 12 tasks that test a person’s short-term memory and cognitive ability. The test-taker is asked to distinguish between animals, draw a cube, draw a clock face, and recall short sequences of numbers and words. You can take the test over at the BBC‘s website.
Most adults should find the test quite easy to complete, and even most school-aged children could satisfactorily complete it. Since Donald Trump was said by Dr. Ronny Jackson to have gotten a score of 30, he has been cleared from having dementia, Alzheimer’s, or an MCI. The doctor claimed that Trump was “absolutely fit” for duty even though his critics are starting to feel otherwise.
Trump may have been given a clean bill of physical and mental health, but he called out one of his critics, saying that the man has a mental disorder. He tweeted on Jan. 13 that “fake news” is promoting “the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author.” The President is most likely referring to Michael Wolff whose tell-all tome about the President quickly rose to a best-selling spot despite Trump’s effort to stop it from being published.
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