- The gold-standard dementia test is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
- Trump famously scored a perfect 30 out of 30 on the test back in 2018
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Doctors have requested that President Joe Biden receives cognitive tests and makes the results public to prove he’s fit to serve after a stunning week of gaffes.
Experts today told DailyMail.com that it was critical the White House was transparent about the President’s mental acuity after the DOJ described Biden, 81, as a ‘elderly man with a poor memory.’
But would you pass the test?
The gold-standard test for dementia is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a 10-minute test was created in 1996 for medical professionals to identify mild cognitive dysfunction, a precursory sign of dementia.
It assesses concentration, attention, memory, language, calculations, orientation, executive functions and visual skills.
Trump famously aced the test in 2018 and has bragged about it again this campaign cycle, urging the current president to take it.
The results made public from Biden’s most recent physical gave no indication that he had undergone any kind of medical capability assessment such as the MoCA.
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This is a copy of the sheet the examiner and patient fill out during the 10-minute test
A score above 26 is deemed ‘normal,’ while anything lower than that is cause for concern.
Those who do well on the test do not need further cognitive examination.
The average score is 27.4. People with mild cognitive impairment score an average of 22.1, while Alzheimer’s patients tend to score around 16.
First used in Montreal, Canada, the test is now one of the most respected methods of assessing cognitive health worldwide, available in 55 languages and dialects, and formats for testing illiterate patients and in other cultural settings (by changing certain references).
If a patient has failed the MoCA or is suspected to have more subtle impairments, a 30 minute or a 60 minute battery of neuropsychologic tests are recommended, or a referral for more extensive neuropsychologic testing may be necessary.
The DOJ report, published Thursday, described Biden, 81, as a ‘elderly man with a poor memory’, finding that he did not remember the years he was vice president and could not recall, ‘even within several years’, when his son Beau died.
Doctors reacting to the assessment said forgetting key events like the death of a loved one were a hallmark of cognitive decline, a precursor for dementia, and called for the incumbent to take cognitive tests to ‘prove to the public’ that he is mentally sound.
A new NBC poll revealed that 62 percent of voters said they have ‘major concerns’ about Biden’s mental and physical health.
Back in February 2022, 37 GOP lawmakers signed onto the letter, written by former White House physician Rep. Ronny Jackson, which called on Biden to undergo a formal cognitive screening.
Former President Donald Trump received a perfect score on the standard cognitive assessment test, his doctor revealed in a White House briefing in January 2018.
Trump requested to undergo the MoCA test, on which he scored a perfect 30 out of 30.
Trump was the first US president to undergo the test as part of his presidential physical, and said Biden ‘didn’t take a cognitive test because he couldn’t pass one.’