Trump's follow-up, which is about remembering names and information given to him from start to finish, has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence. Doctors give this test to think about retention. For people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (like me), it is important to make sure that you keep the incoming information and that you keep it well. It doesn't signal your intelligence in any way.
I thought about the post I had read and I thought about my experience with the MOCA test. I contacted a neurologist I worked with and read all of my records. Honestly, the only reason I was ever told I had to take a MOCA was not my fitness or mental fitness: it should check the impact of a TBI and make sure it is stable. If I choose a physical product, it is not a component. In fact, the only time I had to do a MOCA follow-up was if I had side effects on medication or if I cross a five-year check-in, and then we'll do it.
I checked online to see if anyone else had the same experience with the MOCA test, and I don't seem to be alone. The Washington Post spoke to the creator of the test:
"It is not intended to measure IQ or intellectual ability anyway," said Ziad Nasreddine, the neurologist who created the test. “If someone performs well, it means that they can be excluded because of cognitive impairments associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's, stroke or multiple sclerosis. That's it."
Nasreddine continued: “The reason why most people take the test is that they or others are starting to notice a mental decline. They forgot where they parked the car, can't remember which groceries to buy when they're in the store. They keep forgetting to take their medication. "
When Trump bragged about the test, something gnawed at me. I listened to him talk about it and how great he was and how it proved that he was smart. The last time I did a MOCA test was last year, and as I said, I did it too. For people with TBI, however, we live with a bit of fear. It's been over 20 years, so I should be completely stable at this point. Every time I lose my keys, forget where I parked, or lose track of time – what happens to everyone – it scares us a little: could this be the moment when things slide off me?
For people who are afraid of neurological problems, be it Alzheimer's, stroke, TBI, or any other problem, the idea of bragging about this test is terrible. It is a struggle that people with disabilities have to deal with and it can create their comfort. Trump reports that he got a score of 30/30. Fantastic. Great. Please determine who you are being compared to and why. I think if you want to insult all Americans, why should you stop somewhere? Just keep bragging about how much better you are than everyone else.
P .: I know someone who has suffered a brutal brain injury, who has taken such a test and had a score of 25 that he was damn proud of. I haven't seen her in a long time, but I can guarantee that I would trust his judgment far beyond yours, Mr. President.