Every year I publish a series of clock drawings. Some people really like seeing the range of clocks that people draw including the clock above – drawn by a 71-year old right handed woman with confusion. One could argue that she had much of the task drawn correctly until she tried to correctly set the hands as instructed. I like this clock because it illustrates the break down in problem solving of the three steps required for success. Ostensibly, this patients followed the directions as instructed. The numerals were correctly placed and finally she placed hands on the clock. Arguably, by drawing too many hands she may have been exhibiting a perseverative response, decreased self-monitoring and error detection, and a failure in understanding the problem in terms of the correct time – 11:10. In this case she asked “AM or PM” but did realize her error relative her specific drawing. She drew no circle into which the numerals were to have been placed. The yearly ritual of finding the clock of the year has begun. What fun!
“For many living with a person who has dementia can be an unforgettable challenge that evokes guilt, resentment and despair.” Michael Sefton 2018
The clock above was drawn by a 71-year old female who is in the hospital because of an infection. When this was drawn her infection had been cleared up. She is a verbally gifted woman with a full education. Her family has seen a change in her thinking skills in the past 12 months and now wonders what can be done? Her verbal intelligence is in the 90th percentile with an estimated VIQ of 120. Verbal abilities often interfere with the assessment process and there comes a time in every assessment when the examiner must put a stop to the fun and frivolity of making acquaintance.
This year I received a few more drawings from clinicians in the community including the clock of the week from December 10, 2018. One of the clocks that was published this year was featured on the Australian Broadcasting Company television series “Ask the Doctor“. The clock is featured about 16 minutes into the broadcast. I have been given permission by the ABC to display the link to the broadcast. I will publish several clocks and I ask that readers vote on the most interesting clock. We will vote for 2 weeks in January. Happy New Year and have a safe holiday.