Can you remember how many houses you own? That’s not a problem for most of us.
I bet Obama and McCain would also have trouble remembering what those of us living with Parkinson’s try to cram into our shrinking brains.
When I read Terri Reinhart’s article, Cramming, about preparing for an upcoming neuropsych test, I chuckled and reminisced about my eight hours of neuropsych tests required as a candidate for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. I knew they didn’t want a DBS candidate who was demented, deficient or depressed, so I did my best not to exhibit these characteristics.
A frequent question in neuropsych tests is counting back by 7 from 100. I easily solved this trick question on my blog post at Acing the Mini-Mental Status Exam (Hint: 100 minus 10 plus 3 = 93, etc.).
If you weren’t a math major in college and have difficulty with these mental calculations, another trick question is often proposed: list the US Presidents in reverse chronological order, from the most recent to the first.
I discovered a memory device that helps me remember the list of the US Presidents in chronological order. It is similar to “every good boy does fine,” used to remember the notes in the five main lines of the Treble Clef in Music, representing E, G, B, D, and F from bottom to top.
Here’s your cheat sheet for remembering the names of the US Presidents in chronological order (by the first letter in each name). You’ll need to create your own mnemonic for remembering the US Presidents in reverse chronological order. It’s trickier – like trying to remember the ABCs backwards.
Now what were the names of the prime ministers of Canada?
United States Presidents
Will a jolly man make a jolly visitor?
How truly poor those fine paper boys look?
Just give him gold and cash his check.
Mommy rushes to where her children hug relatives.
Those eleven kids just nag for cranberries repeatedly.
Buy chocolate bon-bons.
Cramming by Terri Reinhart at: https://studiofoxhoven.squarespace.com/articles/2008/8/17/cramming.html