Older Adult Physical Health

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Based on the Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE), client presented with symptoms of cognitive impairment. If yes, what level: Mild, Moderate, Severe? The Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE is a 30 item validated widely used screening tool of cognitive function. It takes approx 10 minutes to administer and some training is desireable. (Marshal Folstein, MD)


Based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), client presented with symptoms of delirium. If yes, identify the most appropriate: Acute Change, Altered Level of Consciousness, Disorganized Thinking, Inattention. The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM is a validated screening to evaluate for delirium including four cardinal features. It takes approximately 5 minutes and some training is required. (Sharon Inouye, MD)


Based on the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), the client presented with depressed symptoms. The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS is a validated screening tool with a 15 item version to evaluate for depression. It takes approximately 5 minutes to administer. (JA Yeasavage)


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