What is included in the patient education about cognitive impairment screening?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Claudia L Reardon, MD; more...
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Patients diagnosed with dementia and their family members should be educated about the disorder by clinicians involved in their care. Topics to be addressed include the following:

  • The specific type of dementia diagnosed and risk factors for it

  • Current symptoms attributable to the disorder

  • Natural history and prognosis of the disorder

  • Medication treatments

  • Psychosocial treatments

  • Safety and lifestyle issues, including driving, cooking, wandering, and falls

  • Health care decision making

  • The need for caregiver support

Useful websites to which to refer patients and families include:

A helpful book for families with a loved one with dementia is The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life (Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins).

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