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Mentation/Mind

Mental processing, thinking and memory are important! The health team should pay attention to 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.

Assess

MANAGE

Dementia

Mini-Cog

MOCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment)

Family Education

Community Resources

Medications

Depression

GDS (Geriatrics Depression Scale)

PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire)

PHQ-2 (Patient Health Questionnaire)

Counseling

Referrals

Medications

Delirium

CAM (confusion assessment method)

Treat the underlying cause

(pain, constipation, infection, etc)

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