May 15, 2020

Handwriting and Health

We may not consciously be aware of it, but our handwriting can tell us a lot about our personalities and health. From the time we start learning our letters in kindergarten, to the time we sign for the mortgage of our first home, we perfect our practice of handwriting over our entire lives. But we may find that as we grow older, we don’t write as often as we did when we were younger.

If we compared our handwriting from when we were young to now, we may find some similarities and some major differences. Our lines were probably uneven and scribbled when first starting out, but with time and a steady hand, we were most likely able to correct our writing legibility.

Some people dedicate their lives to understanding how handwriting and our state of health are related, in a profession called graphology. Handwriting is signaled to us from nerve impulses in our brain, because of this, graphologists are able to identify warning signs of things we may not be aware of, such as if we are experiencing depression or have developed early stages of Parkinson’s. When evaluating handwriting, graphologists look at many different things, such as the pressure that is given on the pen, the loops within letters, and even how we sign our name in signatures.

Handwriting can tell us if we are experiencing life or health changes as well. Research has revealed that our handwriting can alert us to pregnancy, schizophrenia, cancer, and even depression. Handwriting that is uneven, or appearing shaken may indicate that we are experiencing stress. If severe enough, it could be a symptom of a much serious illness such as Parkinson’s disease.

People with Alzheimer’s may also see changes in their handwriting as well. Letters may begin to appear differently than before the onset of Alzheimer’s and look irregular and varied. Tremors reflected in handwriting may also signal the onset of this disease. For example, just prior to being officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, former President, Ronald Reagan’s signature changed dramatically and began to appear irregular and choppy.

As we age, our handwriting becomes more important as it can tell us things that we may not be able to catch otherwise, and can signal early symptoms of health issues. Getting into the habit of writing more often can be somewhat difficult as it has become a lost practice in this digital age. However, if you find the time to write a handwritten letter it can brighten someone’s day and also act as a health checkup. CareBuilders at Home can provide services to ease the burden of your other day-to-day chores so that you can pick up a pen and keep your handwriting in tip-top shape.