My World of Parkinsonian Delights

Measuring My Decline, Percentile by Percentile

Because I’m bored and don’t really HAVE a life, I enjoy measuring the decline of my po’ little pea brain by keeping track of my mental status using the metrics that are available to me.  It’s been two weeks since I did my last CNS Vital Signs Test.  Let’s see how I did today.

(Scoring — AA=Above Average; A=Average; LA=Low Average; L=Low; VL=Very Low)

RED HEADLINE — AREAS OF DECLINE

GREEN HEADLINE — AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT

BLACK HEADLINE — NO REAL CHANGE

Neurocognitive Index:

January — Score 106 — 66th Percentile (A)
April — Score 111 — 77th Percentile   (AA)
June — Score 109 — 73rd Percentile  (A)
July — Score 108 — 70th Percentile  (A)
July 12 — 98 — 45th percentile      (A)
It continues to decrease… quite a drop over two weeks

Composite Memory:

January — Score 97 — 42nd Percentile (A)
April — Score 95 — 37th Percentile   (A)
June — Score 89 — 23rd Percentile  (LA)
July — Score 79 — 8th Percentile   (L)
July 12 — 102 — 55th Percentile    (A)
Best Score Yet.  Nuthin’ like a good night’s sleep!

Verbal Memory:

January — Score 96– 40th Percentile (A)
April — Score 71 — 3rd Percentile   (L)
June — Score 93 — 32nd Percentile (A)
July — Score 68 — 1st percentile  (VL)
July 12 — 90 — 25th percentile    (A — right on the fringe of LA)
Wow.  Really bouncing around here.   40% to 3% to 32% to 1% to 25%  Odd

Visual Memory:

January — Score 100 — 50th Percentile (A)
April — Score 122 — 93rd Percentile   (AA)
June — Score 90 — 25th Percentile   (A — right on the fringe of LA)
July — Score 100 — 50th Percentile  (A)
July 12 — 112 — 79th percentile     (AA)
Second consecutive increase.

Processing Speed:

January — Score 109 — 73rd Percentile  (A)
April — Score 125 — 95th Percentile    (AA)
June — Score 95 — 37th Percentile    (A)
July — Score 118 — 88th Percentile.  (AA)
July 12 — 113 — 81st percent         (AA)
A bit of a drop, but more proof that June was an outlier.

Executive Function:

January — Score 118 — 88th Percentile (AA)
April — Score 122 — 93rd Percentile   (AA)
June — Score 133 — 99th Percentile  (AA)
July — Score 125 — 95th Percentile  (AA)
July 12 — 103 — 58th Percentile     (A)
A considerable drop in two weeks.

Psychomotor Speed:

January — Score 96 — 46th Percentile  (A)
April — Score 112 — 79th Percentile   (AA)
June — Score 101 — 53rd Percentile  (A)
July — Score 103 — 58th Percentile  (A)
July 12 — 98 — 45th percentile      (A)
Back to my January levels

Reaction Time:

January — Score 116 — 86th Percentile (AA)
April — Score 124 — 95th Percentile   (AA)
June — Score 127 — 96th Percentile  (AA)
July — Score 128 — 97th Percentile  (AA)
July 12 — 123 — 94th Percentile     (AA)
Not an improvement, but hanging steady.

Complex Attention:

January — Score 96 — 46th Percentile (A)
April — Score 112 — 79th Percentile  (AA)
June — Score 102 — 55th percentile   (A)
July — Score 105 — 63rd percentile   (A)
July 12 — 70 — 2nd Percentile        (L)
Uff-Da!  That kinda goes along with how I’ve been feeling, but that’s a shocking drop in 2 weeks!

Cognitive Flexibility:

January — Score 118 — 88th Percentile (AA)
April — Score 123 — 94th Percentile   (AA)
June — Score 127 — 96th Percentile  (AA)
July — Score 123 — 63rd Percentile  (A)
July 12 — 97 — 42nd Percentile      (A)
Held pretty steady there through July, then dropped like a rock today.

So, how do we stack up?

Doing better in the realms of verbal and visual memory, giving me a better composite memory score.

Holding steady in reaction time and processing speed.

Getting worse in the areas of the Neurocognitive Index (which is a balancing of ALL the scores), executive function, psychomotor speed, complex attention and cognitive flexibility.

Thank goodness we don’t have to rely on a single test.  LET’S TAKE THE COGNI-CHECK AGAIN!

From January, you can see I was “low average” in immediate and delayed verbal recall.  I was average to high average everywhere else.

From June…

…I got worse in the area of immediate recall and short delay, stayed the same (low average) in delayed verbal recall, remained the same in delayed verbal recognition.  Took a DUMP in the facial recognition.  Did better (but remained average) in immediate recall of numbers.

So, how about the past month?

Did better in immediate and short-delay verbal recall. Got worse in 30 minute delayed verbal recall.  Got worse in verbal recognition.  Did MUCH better in facial recognition.  (‘Course, this being the 3rd time I’ve done this test, these faces are ALL familiar now.)  Did worse (but remained in the average range) in the immediate recall of number series.

I need to find new tests.  These don’t vary and they get too familiar.  Anyone aware of any decent cognitive tests online?

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