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What you need to know

  • When using cognitive testing in primary care, use brief, validated tools such as 10 point cognitive screener (10-CS) or 6 item cognitive impairment test (6CIT) rather than longer tests such as the MMSE

  • People living with dementia should be provided with a single health or social care professional to coordinate their care

  • For people with mild to moderate dementia, offer group cognitive stimulation therapy but not cognitive training

  • High anticholinergic burden can lead to cognitive impairment, thereby worsening the cognitive symptoms of dementia or causing false positive diagnoses: validated tools, such as the Anticholinergic Cognitive Burden Scale, can determine whether this is an issue

  • Inform carers of people living with dementia that they are entitled to a formal needs assessment and assessment for respite and should be offered access to psychoeducation and skills training


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