WESTBOROUGH, MA It is time once again to select the “Clock of the Year”. Voting will go on for the next week. There are 10 clocks featured this year each one drawn by a patient undergoing rehabilitation at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough, MA. The diagnoses of each patient may or may not be presented with the clock as it scrolls through. Any clock with a measuring tape would be presented in millimeters-centimeters not inches. The clocks shown in millimeters are tiny – micrographic in quality. The first clock in the slideshow is drawn by a 93-year old – each one would then become a successive number through # 10.
I have published many blogs about the use of the clock drawing in clinical practice. Clock drawing was first introduced to me in my practice as a pre-doctoral student in psychology at the V.A. Medical Center in Boston by Dr. Edith Kaplan. She taught us that
something as simple as a clock drawing can become a daunting task when faced with cognitive changes from brain injury, stroke, or dementia. I carry on this tradition in honor of Dr. Kaplan and the role she played in my formative work as a neuropsychologist. Today, every discipline it seems uses a clock to assess problem solving, organization, and following directions in patients with suspected decline in their thinking skill. Dr Kaplan died in September, 2009 and is missed even now.