This seminar describes the assessment of older people with cognitive and mood changes with particular emphasis on:
Participants will gain an understanding of (1) how dementia can be assessed, (2) how to better understand people living with dementia, and (3) how these can be used to provide optimal care and quality of life.
How to assess and detect cognitive changes among older adults, including screening for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, mild cognitive impairment, and other related problems such as depression
How to better understanding of the person experiencing cognitive changes.
How caregivers can better understand the person with dementia and provide care that meets underlying, and sometimes unspoken, needs and values
How to evaluate and address issues related to quality of life, unmet needs, behavioral issues, and care planning
Topics addressed include:
- Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia
- Mild cognitive impairment
- Assessment for care planning
- Understanding the person behind the dementia
- Cognitive assessment and screening
- Mood and behavioral problems