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Early Dementia and an Older Adult Teaching Module

This teaching video illustrates an initial screening for detection of early dementia with an older man and the problems typically associated with early stage dementia: getting lost, executive function impairment, apathy, and frustration. The video is divided into three sections: An introductory interview with the client, the Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE), and Activities of Daily Living questions. Client symptoms and behaviors explored are: disorientation, confusion, decreasing ability to care for self (e.g., eating properly, bathing, grooming, getting exercise). The video clarifies the need for careful assessment of mental status and the ability to live independently. Teaching points, evaluation tools, discussion questions, and resources are offered. A script of the video is provided.

Advanced Competencies Addressed in This Module:

  1. Ability to engage, maintain rapport, and sustain effective working relationships with a wide range of older adults including those with behavior problems, mental illness, or dementia.
  2. Understanding of how to conduct a geriatric assessment of psychosocial factors.
  3. Understanding of how to conduct differential mental health diagnosis regarding depression using diagnostic tools that are appropriate for use with older adults.
  4. Application of concepts, theories, and research of biological, psychological, and social aging to social work assessment and intervention.
  5. Understanding of the effects and interactions of multiple chronic conditions, medication, nutrition, and sudden or ongoing causes of changes in cognitive states and functional capacity.
  6. Ability to relate social work perspectives and theories to practice with older adults (e.g., person-in-environment).
 
 

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Early Dementia and an Older Adult Interview Script
 
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Early Dementia and an Older Adult - Video

This video illustrates an initial screening for detection of early dementia with an older man and the problems typically associated with early stage dementia: getting lost, executive function impairment, some apathy, frustration, upset with family. The client is a resident in a senior housing facility and lives alone. His daughter and son-in-law have asked a social worker, who is a geriatric care manager, to check in on his situation. They have noticed he seems forgetful and confused on the telephone and they cannot come in person for several weeks. The client comes to the door and is pleasant, but seems unkempt. He invites the social worker in and seems interested in talking with her. The video is divided into three sections: An introductory interview with the client; the Mini Mental Status Examination and Activities of Daily Living Questions.

Duration: 1638 seconds