What is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment? Inside Trump’s physical exam


What is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment? Inside Trump’s physical exam

President Donald Trump’s health is making headlines as the results of his physical examination have recently been revealed. 

He is in “excellent” health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, White House physician Ronny Jackson said Tuesday.

In addition to the physicals, Trump also passed a cognitive test known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is not a requirement for presidents. 

Also known as the MoCA test, the evaluation is used to examine “mild cognitive dysfunction,” according to test instructions

“It assesses different cognitive domains: attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, visuoconstructional skills, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation,” it reads.

For the screening, patients have to draw animals, including a lion, camel and rhinoceros, which they also have to name. Additionally, they must copy a sketch of a cube by matching the letter A to the number 1, the letter B to the number 2 and so on. Lastly, the doctors ask test takers to recall a list of words and numbers in varying orders. 

It takes 10 minutes to complete, and patients can receive up to 30 points. Any score 26 and above is considered normal. Anything lower indicates dementia.

Jackson said Trump scored a perfect 30. In fact, he said, “I’ve spent almost every day in the president’s presence. I’ve got to know him pretty well and I had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions.”

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