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Recognition of Dementia in Hospitalized Older Adults

Maslow, Katie MSW; Mezey, Mathy EdD, RN, FAAN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000304475.80530.a6
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Abstract

Many hospital patients with dementia have no documented dementia diagnosis. In some cases, this is because they have never been diagnosed. Recognition of Dementia in Hospitalized Older Adults proposes several approaches that hospital nurses can use to increase recognition of dementia. This article describes the Try This approaches, how to implement them, and how to incorporate them into a hospital's current admission procedures. For a free online video demonstrating the use of these approaches, go to http://links.lww.com/A216.

In Brief

Many hospital patients with dementia have no recorded dementia diagnosis. In some cases, this is because they have never been diagnosed. This article proposes several approaches that hospital nurses can use to increase recognition of dementia.

Author Information

Katie Maslow is associate director for quality care advocacy at the Alzheimer's Association in Washington, DC. Mathy Mezey is a professor and the director of the John A. Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, at New York University's College of Nursing, New York City.

Contact author, Katie Maslow: katie.maslow@alz.org.

The authors have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

How to Try This is a three-year project funded by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing in collaboration with AJN. This initiative promotes the Hartford Institute's geriatric assessment tools, Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults: www.hartfordign.org/trythis. The series will include articles and corresponding videos, all of which will be available for free online at www.nursingcenter.com/AJNolderadults. Nancy A. Stotts, EdD, RN, FAAN (nancy.stotts@nursing.ucsf.edu), and Sherry A. Greenberg, MSN, APRN, BC, GNP (sherry@familygreenberg.com), are coeditors of the print series. The articles and videos are to be used for educational purposes only.

Routine use of a Try This tool may require formal review and approval by your employer.

Clinical staff observations and patient and family reports are the keys.

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