Someone look at this for me please

Discussion in 'Memory concerns and seeking a diagnosis' started by danny, May 14, 2011.

  1. danny

    danny Registered User

    Found this on the internet today via a piece of research on the Times On Line web page.


    http://www.foodforthebrain.org/content.asp?id_Content=1820


    I took the online test myself,I scored 37/110.

    It was a bit worrying to be told I could be at serious risk of developing Alzheimers.

    Would any one else do this test and let me know how you get on.

    It has worried me to bits.It will teach me to stop researching so much.

    Comments greatly appreciated.
     
  2. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
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    What kind of computer did you do it on, or possible what kind of mouse? It does seem highly dependent on ability to move your mouse ASAP, so people who spend more time on a computer are likely to do better. Being willing to guess and quite possibly being a visual, rather than an oral learner probably helps as well.
     
  3. danny

    danny Registered User

    Oh Jennifer,thanks for looking at it.
    I did it with a mouseless computer.
    As you know I am not that quick on a computer,hopefully that explains my score:D:D

    The other thing is that I have always only looked and stored thing that I think are useful,ie I scan a book and don`t read every word.I have never been able to remember peoples faces.

    I am going to attribute my score to all of that plus a bit of stress.

    However,I am going to seriously take a look at my lifestyle because it is pretty unhealthy at the moment!!!!

    I am also going to stay away from this type of research for a while.
     
  4. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

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    Foolishly I started this when mum was in the loo!!! Only got half way through when I had to abandon it. I was using a netbook and I know for sure I was extremely slow in my responses because I wasn't using a mouse.
     
  5. creativesarah

    creativesarah Registered User

    I scored 59 and have Vad but then i do a lot of brain training on my nintendo:D:D:D:D
     
  6. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
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    I've just done it on my laptop too, it's very slow, I only got about half way through some of the lists. I recommend anyone else who tries it to do it on a PC with a mouse.

    I did OK though, my chances of developing AD are very remote!:eek: Now, do I feel reassured? I don't think so!
     
  7. Soobee

    Soobee Registered User

    Aug 22, 2009
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    I just took it but I pretended to be born in 1955 rather than 1972. I scored 73 so classed as low risk.

    I find I cannot remember what words to use "put the thingy on the thingy - no not that way, up a bit, the other side" and I can't remember how to spell words straight away (I was always a great speller). I think it's just stress/depression in my case so maybe all the things you are trying to achieve at the moment are affecting your brain too? Was there a particular section you struggled with?
     
  8. creativesarah

    creativesarah Registered User

    what i meant is i am used to the format of the questions and Danny I guess you prob dont exercise your brain in that type of pattern
     
  9. chucky

    chucky Registered User

    Feb 17, 2011
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    Hi, i just did it and most of my questions were correct and yet i was told i was at significant risk. Im 48 and have no known illness except i am on a VERY HIGH dose of amitryptelene (200mg) daily for 11 years. What does this make me? I would consider myself to have above average intelligence, have good general knowledge, quick wit and good memory Im not convinced its indicative of risk at all.
     
  10. danny

    danny Registered User

    Soobee, I didn`t think I struggled with any of it:D
     
  11. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
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    I read aboout this in the paper today and decided to be a coward and avoid it for the time being! One of us with Dementia is all I can cope with at the moment! I also thought that with all the stress of the present time, I'm bound to do badly!
     
  12. danny

    danny Registered User

    Hi Sarah,you are doing everything right by keeping your brain in trim.

    I need to do more of this:)
     
  13. ChristineR62

    ChristineR62 Registered User

    Oct 12, 2009
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    #13 ChristineR62, May 14, 2011
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
    I just took the test, and it struck me that it was very - and I mean very - mouse-intensive. I know I'm much slower using just the touch pad on the laptop, and I can quite easily imagine my score being half of what it was if I did the test with the pad instead of the mouse.
     
  14. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

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    I scored 26 .:eek:

    I'm in big trouble. :eek: I'm quaking in my boots. :rolleyes:

    My excuses?

    I did it on my iPad and had to keep enlarging it.

    The year after next, I'll be too old to do it.
     
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  16. elaine n

    elaine n Registered User

    Jun 1, 2010
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    Hi Angela
    I've just done the test and scored 61 BUT! I have a good eye for detail and many, many moons ago trained in graphic design. I also agree with Jennifer that speed on the mouse could be a factor too. I also wonder how someone who is dyslexic, even mildly would do in this test. I suspect my grandaughter would struggle to recognise if the drawn shapes were the same or not
     
  17. Soobee

    Soobee Registered User

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    I would always be wary of a test that suggested you were definitely at risk of anything. The most any of these tests on their own can do is advise you to see a GP if you're worried.

    Your replies suggest that this test relies too much on the mouse-using speed of participants, which can vary greatly.
     
  18. elaine n

    elaine n Registered User

    Jun 1, 2010
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    I did notice that it's conducted by the same people who do food allergy testing for what that's worth.
     
  19. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
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    To be fair, the test does give you a calibration test to detect your mouse speed and also suggests that you should use a mouse rather than a track pad, and suggests that it is more meaningful if you do it yearly in order to track any deterioration.

    I remain convinced that if you are a visual learner (as I am) you are just going to do much better than if you're an oral learner. I can't remember a name if it's told to me several times no matter how hard I try, but see it written down and it's easy.

    I got a high score but like Sarah, think it might be down to familiarity with the type of test as much as anything else (and too much time on the computer :eek:)
     
  20. danny

    danny Registered User

    This has reminded me of my pre nursing days.I applied to join the Intelligence corps with the ministry of defence.Armed with a clutch of O levels including Latin/Physics etc all at grade A ,I sat the entrance exam.I passed all the elements except the intelligence test:D

    The captain told me that it looked like I didn`t have an ounce of intelligence in me and to go to Smiths and buy lots of brain puzzles/cognitive tests and to keep practicing!!!!!

    I didn`t go back for a retest.Guess things haven`t changed much for me then:D:D
     

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