Evaluation and Management of the Elderly Patient Presenting with Cognitive Complaints.
Med Clin North Am. 2015 Mar;99(2):311-335
Authors: Hildreth KL, Church S
Cognitive complaints are common in the geriatric population. Older adults should routinely be asked about any concerns about their memory or thinking, and any cognitive complaint from the patient or an informant should be evaluated rather than be attributed to aging. Several screening instruments are available to document objective impairments and guide further evaluation. Management goals for patients with cognitive impairment are focused on maintaining function and independence, providing caregiver support, and advance care planning. There are currently no treatments to effectively prevent or treat dementia. Increasing appreciation of the heterogeneity of Alzheimer disease may lead to novel treatment approaches.
PMID: 25700586 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]