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By: Caitlin Anzalone, MOTR/L
Let’s start out with an assessment. Gather a piece of paper and something to write with and set a timer for one minute. During this minute, you’re going to think of as many words as you can that start with a certain letter. Try to avoid proper nouns and adding a suffix (i.e. -s, -es, -ing) to a word to make additional words.
Are you ready? Start the timer and think of as many words as you can that start with the letter… F. Go!
How many words did you think of? Eight? Eleven? If you were able to think of more than 11, you received a point! This is a question on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a screening tool used by many healthcare professionals to assess cognitive health including short-term memory, visuospatial abilities, executive function, attention, and language.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cognition is the combination of several mental processes including judgment, language, memory recall, the ability to learn new things, and intuition. Cognitive impairment occurs when an individual has trouble with these processes and they begin to affect everyday life tasks. Cognitive impairment is not caused by any single disease or condition and it may occur in varying levels in people of all ages.
Some signs of cognitive decline include:
So, what can you do to address these concerns?
If you or your loved one is experiencing cognitive decline, Sheltering Arms offers speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, fitness programs/memberships, and community-recreation services to meet your individual needs. Click here or call (804) 764-1000 to schedule an evaluation today.
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