Nursing: Geriatric Special Topics: Assessing Cognitive Function

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About the Course


Target Audience: The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to enhance their ability to assess cognitive functioning of the older adult and intervene appropriately based on their assessment findings. 

Course Overview: Cognitive function comprises perception, memory, and thinking - the processes by which a person perceives, recognizes, registers, stores, and uses information. Declines in cognitive function are a hallmark of aging. However, most declines in cognition with aging have no or minor clinical impact and are not pathological. This education program offers information about assessing cognitive function and incorporating those findings into clinical practice. 

Learning Objectives  

  1. Discuss the importance of assessing cognitive function
  2. Describe the methods of assessing cognitive function
  3. Compare and contrast the clinical features of delirium, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and depression
  4. Incorporate the assessment of cognitive function into daily practice

About the Author

Pieter Heeren, MSc, RN, is from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, KU Leuven, Department of Geriatrics, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 

Johan Flamaing, MD, PhD, is from the Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 

Jos Tournoy, MD, PhD, Geriatric Medicine and Memory Clinic, University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium 

Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN, John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean of Nursing, Professor, Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, College of Nursing, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois 

Koen Milisen, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, KU Leuven, Department of Geriatrics, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

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