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Mental Health Needs of Older Adults

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Assessment Tools 

1.  Utilize the resources on Consult Geri RN for the How To Try This series tools. The students can watch videos, print out tools, or read articles directly related to the tools used. The tools specific to mental health issues include: 

  • Mental Status Assessment of Older Adults: Mini-Cog
  • Geriatric Depression Scale
  • Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)
  • Confusion Assessment Method of the intensive care unit (CAM-ICU)
  • Modified Caregiver Strain Index (CSI)
  • Elder Mistreatment Assessment
  • Beers Criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in the elderly part I
  • Beers Criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in the elderly part 2
  • Alcohol use screening and assessment
  • Brief evaluation of executive dysfunction: an essential refinement in the assessment of cognitive impairment
  • Recognition of dementia in hospitalized older adults
  • Assessing and managing delirium in persons with dementia
  • Decision making in older adults with dementia 

2.  Examples of documents as examples or to clarify concepts should be included in this section indicating a link to the PDF file of the documents. 

3.  Appropriate links to specific tools, such as SPICES, would be appropriate in this section. The links, however, must be specific to the teaching strategy.