After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
• Discuss factors that contribute to the growing incidence of dementia in older adults and the ramifications of undiagnosed cognitive dysfunction in this age-group.
• Explain the importance of early detection of cognitive changes as a first step toward accurate diagnosis of dementia, delirium, or other forms of cognitive dysfunction.
• Describe at least eight currently available cognitive screening tools in terms of administration time, cognitive functions assessed, and associated benefits for specific patient groups or administrative settings.
• Discuss associated clinical instruments used to stage cognitive decline, assess function in cognitively impaired patients, and identify acute confusion and delirium.