5 Module - Cognitive Assessment and the Value of Early Detection Slides.ppt

5 Module - Cognitive Assessment and the Value of Early Detection Slides.ppt

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ACT on Alzheimer’s Disease Curriculum Module V: Cognitive Assessment and the Value of Early Detection
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Cognitive Assessment and the Value of Early Detection These slides are based on the Module V: Cognitive Assessment and the Value of Early Detection text Please refer to the text for all citations, references and acknowledgments 2
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Module V: Learning Objectives Upon completion of this module the student should: Identify tips for detection of cognitive impairment and the use of observation as an assessment tool. List and describe a variety of cognitive tools for conducting assessments and demonstrate an understanding of the recommended course of action when cognitive impairment is identified. Articulate the value of early detection of Alzheime r’s disease.
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Early Detection
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Early Detection Despite increasing instances of Alzheimer’s disease, fewer than 50% of all cases are diagnosed Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease is very difficult Healthcare providers play a critical role in detecting the disease
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Early Detection Cognitive screening in the physician’s office has recently been introduced to facilitate early detection Research is emerging regarding the direct benefits of pre-symptomatic cognitive assessment Studies have demonstrated indirect benefits of cognitive assessment due to the beneficial effects of substantive interventions
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Early Detection The following observations may indicate to a healthcare provider the presence of an undiagnosed cognitive disorder Forgetting medications Repeated phone calls to provider Reported unusual sleeping habits Inappropriate clothing, behaviors or speech Personal hygiene issues Excessive weight gain or loss
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Practice Tips for Early Detection Raise your expectation of the older patient Clinical interview in which the individual answers questions without help Notice whether social skills remain intact Notice whether individual repeats him/herself Obtain family observations Check on mental status by asking about current events Remember to rely on formal assessment tools to identify dementia
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The Medicare Wellness Visit Began January 1, 2011
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