How to Recognize and Describe Dementia
Author: Monica Robinson, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA
The goal of this program is to teach OTs how to recognize symptoms of differential diagnoses, understand the types of dementias, and understand the significance of using the global scales for staging the severity of dementia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- State the symptoms associated with the general definition of dementia based on the DSM IV.
- List three similarities and three differences between differential diagnosis of dementia delirium and depression.
- Describe how knowing the type of dementia can direct your care plan, including two examples.
- State how global scales for staging dementia are efficacious to use in clinical practice.