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US President Donald Trump aced this memory test. Here’s why you should take it too

US President Donald Trump recently took a memory test where he did simple tasks to help experts determine cognitive functioning.

fitness Updated: Jan 18, 2018 11:17 IST

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Trump’s doctor says he never saw a reason to do the test but administered it at Trump’s request.
Trump’s doctor says he never saw a reason to do the test but administered it at Trump’s request. (AFP file photo )
         

Cognitive tests like the one US President Donald Trump aced give doctors a snapshot of someone’s memory and certain other neurologic functions.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is one of an assortment of tests that give doctors one piece of information to help determine if trouble’s brewing. But by themselves, they’re not enough to diagnose cognitive impairment. Nor are they routine. Usually people get them only if there are concerns about cognitive functioning.

Trump’s doctor says he never saw a reason to do the test but administered it at Trump’s request. The test includes things like drawing a clock, remembering words and counting backward by sevens. The tasks sound simple but each targets a specific brain function.

Doctors say cognitive concerns need to be taken seriously, especially as people get older.

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First Published: Jan 18, 2018 11:07 IST

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