Mental processing, thinking and memory are important! The health team pays attention this this aspect of care, screening for changes that could be related to dementia, depression and delirium.
How many of you have had a family member,
loved one, or patient impacted by dementia?
How many of you have seen the impact
that dementia can have on caregivers?
Dementia is a slowly progressive cognitive disease where someone loses the ability to understand the world around them and eventually the ability to speak, eat, and walk.
Depression is a major cause of disability across the lifespan and accounts for up to 10% of hospitalization.
Delirium is a sudden confusional state that often has a medical cause and increases the risk of future cognitive impairment, functional decline, and nursing-home placement.
GDS (Geriatrics Depression Scale)
PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire)
PHQ-2 (Patient Health Questionnaire)
CAM (confusion assessment method)
Treat the underlying cause
(pain, constipation, infection, etc)
MOCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment)
SLUMS (St. Louis University Mental Status Exam)