Cognitive assessment in geriatric rehabilitation

Yitshal N. Berner, Orit Kimchi Liff, Naomi Hadas-Lidor, Bronia Finceltov

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Abstract

Geriatric rehabilitation is a prolonged and expensive process. There is a need to evaluate the rehabilitation potential because of the increasing number of elderly in the population and limited resources. Cognition is one of the components of occupational performance and its evaluation is a crucial part of comprehensive geriatric assessment. Cognitive evaluation is one of the predictors of function among elderly in the community and also assists in predicting their rehabilitation potential during hospitalization. High prevalence of cognitive decline with aging and the difficulties in its early assessment during hospitalization emphasizes the utmost importance of this evaluation in predicting the functional prognosis of the patient. This article reviews the main common tools for cognitive evaluation, which are in use clinically, and also used in research, for geriatric rehabilitation in Israel. These were compared with the principles of dynamic cognitive assessment. We aim to assess the need to add dynamic diagnostic tools to supplement those in common use. This will assist in providing an optimal mechanism for cognitive evaluation during geriatric rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-80, 124
JournalHarefuah
Volume141
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

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