Assessing and Addressing Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly

Assessing and Addressing Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly

Type: Article
Expiration Date: 11/01/2020
Location: Online

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All segments of the international population are living longer, and many will experience dementia. Policymakers are focused on the cost estimates of caring for elders with cognitive impairment. The World Alzheimer Report 2016, from Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global federation of 85 Alzheimer’s associations, highlighted the need to make dementia an international health priority. The numbers in the report are staggering: 47 million people are estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, with the number projected to increase to more than 131 million by 2050. The report recommends that nations develop a plan to address dementia, removing the stigma around it, and protecting the human rights of these individuals.

This article will describe the recent methods of assessing and diagnosing cognitive impairment, synthesize the evidence of both psychosocial and pharmacologic treatments to prevent or ameliorate cognitive decline, and evaluate the mechanisms developed to prevent and treat cognitive impairment.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how to assess cognition.
  2. Describe the problem of cognitive impairment.
  3. Discuss interventions for cognitive impairment.

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Graham J. McDougall Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA
Dr. McDougall Jr. developed and tested Senior WISE® (Wisdom Is Simply Exploration), an award winning mental stimulation program. He is an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Nursing in Tallahassee.

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