In the last several months I have had difficulty coming back here despite my intentions to resume posting regularly. Maybe the reason was delayed grief over the death of my husband or another phase of the process. On the positive side, I am doing well now. So, more is on the way here.
Recently, I spent some time going through some of my husband's yearly calendars. I was looking to see if I could note the progression of his disease by reviewing his handwriting. Indeed, it was very clear.
I commented on this briefly in a previous post but I have a better perspective now that I am no longer in the middle of the situation.
Although there were minor indications of memory problems many years ago, he functioned quite normally until about 2000. About that time he began to have difficulty with numbers. Things like making change confused him. And his excellent command of English began to slowly break down. He had lapses as tried to say common words. His writing broke down as well. By late 2005 he could no longer write.
The last time he signed his name was on a new passport the summer of that year. I dreaded having to go to that office that day because I knew he was going to have trouble. I quietly told the passport office woman he would have difficulty signing. She was very kind to let him sit quietly in a separate room. I sat a few feet away so he could try and relax. It took him 15 minutes to write his name. It looked like an inkblot test example—just a blotch of strokes. I will never forget that day because it was a turning point in recognizing how much function he had lost.
Needless to say, there is a direct connection between the brain and the ability to write. That is the reason why handwriting has been termed, "brainwriting." So, it would be good to monitor changes in anyone's writing formations as a possible clue if you suspect mental impairment may be indicated.
What is next? More comments on loops are coming. They are a big part of understanding what handwriting reveals.