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The program begins with an overview of the types of cognitive impairment and factors such as aging that cause an increase in incidence. Also discussed are behaviors seen in patients with dementia, situations that can trigger these behaviors, and strategies that can control and reduce their frequency. Included are hospital based scenarios illustrating information given, including a detailed assessment interview with a spouse who is both primary caregiver and conservator for her husband who has Alzheimer’s.
1. Define cognition and cognitive functions.
2. Recognize cognitive impairment.
3. Know the causes of cognitive impairment (Alzheimers disease, multi-infarct dementia, traumatic brain injury).
4. Know the effects of cognitive impairment on daily functions.
5. Know the impact of hospitalization on the cognitively impaired patient.
6. Be able to assess patient on admission.
7. Know nursing interventions for patients with cognitive impairment.
8. Be able to provid a safe and comforting environment by:
preserving the patient’s functional status; preserving patient autonomy and sense of self-worth; and providing education for follow up needs.
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