Below are a few writing samples of an elderly woman named Stella. She had been in exceptionally good health all of her life, with good stamina and energy, and a strong immune system. However, I will include samples below that give evidence of how the neurological deterioration reveals itself in her handwriting BEFORE having a debilitating stroke.
First, in 1974 when Stella was 75 years old. She is writing with a felt-tip pen. She has medium pressure and has good control of her pen with smooth writing.
Next, five years later, at the age of 80 (1979), pressure is still medium (written with a pencil this time). Her energy and stamina are above average for her age. She has developed some arthritis in her finger joints but she plays piano daily and can still memorize difficult musical scores.
Now, a year later, in 1980… notice the flattening of some upper loop strokes noted by the arrows. Pressure is still medium.
Then in 1985, note how her upper and lower loops show fair control, except for a few strokes. Pressure went from medium to light.
Then at the age of 90 in January 1989, her pressure is still light. Stella is still driving her car and still plays the piano, now near-daily. She enjoys being told that she looks and acts younger than her age. She complains only of a bit of arthritis and cold hands and feet due to circulation. Below you will see that normally-rounded strokes are starting to take on abnormal shapes and distortions (too many to put arrow in all of them but break down a letter one-by-one and you’ll see many don’t appear like the letter they are intended to be). Pressure is still light and more strokes tend to break and / or disappear in the middle of a letter, as if she picked up the pen and stopped writing.
Then in June 1989, Stella’s pressure is lighter, and she has less control of her pen, especially in the loops…
A few months later in September 1989, Stella wrote a thank-you note after having been hospitalized for two days due to a severe vital throat infection. Pressure is still light but is more sporadic. Letter formations are starting to break down even more than the above.
The night after writing the above, she suffered a stroke. Stella’s entire left side was paralyzed.
Now, in December 1989, Stella wrote again but it is very slow and has gotten smaller due to the excessive concentration needed to control the pen. The more we concentrate, the more often our writing size is smaller. Just look back to some of your college notes when you were highly concentrated. Also notice the pressure is darker / heavier now. That’s because the is more force on the pen in order to hold onto the pen and write so more force is also on the paper.
If you look from the start to the finish – maybe even hold the first handwriting sample to the last one side by side – you will see the disintegration in more detail.
How is Stella now?
Well, Stella passed away in March 1991. However, at that time, she still had her faculties and when feeling good, she could entertain people with stories. However, when tired and depressed, she had memory lapses and a bit of confusion which was typical behavior for an elderly, right-hemisphere stroke victim. Stella was as active as possible but used a wheelchair, and had won modified bowling and shuffleboard competitions. However, she was no longer able to play piano, read, or write anything longer than a few short sentences.
In retrospect, the sample from 1980 was likely revealing clues to something more serious than just arthristis and poor circulation. Many books such as those by Alfred Kanfer show that handwriting is a viable medical early-warning system. By saving samples and following medical cases, handwriting experts can document the patterns of deterioration. In fact, those experts can help physicians in their diagnoses to help avert or delay major illnesses.
However, physical conditions in handwriting is not my forte. My forte is personality and mental illness. In my autobiography called The Initiation, I shared how my father’s cancer showed up in his handwriting four years before he was diagnosed. Then the doctors said they couldn’t catch it in time. So his body went through hell with chemotherapy and radiation only to shut down his kidneys and ultimately end his life. My mother’s handwriting showed signs of a heart attack two weeks before she was rushed to the emergency room. She had no history of heart disease and was healthy for her age. When I walked into the hospital, her doctor said, “How did you know?”
The answer is “it’s in the handwriting”.
So if you are not feeling well and your doctor’s don’t know what’s wrong, I strongly urge you to contact my friend and fellow analyst, Karen Weinberg. She specializes in “health in handwriting” and even found my friend Jan’s breast cancer two years before it struck her. By the time the doctor’s found it, she was in stage 4. RIP, Jan.
You can contact Karen at 505-242-6716 or firstname.lastname@example.org – tell her “Mozelle referred me”.
Dr. Parker and I talk about the powerful evidence-based Clinical Graphology (aka NGT) program that I created in 1987. To become a client, or Certified Practitioner, please visit http://www.ClinicalGraphology.com.