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How to Recognize and Describe Dementia - OT10

How to Recognize and Describe Dementia

by Monica Robinson, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA
(4.5 / 859 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


OTs work with clients throughout the life span, and are often positioned to note changes in everyday activity that reflect the early stages of cognitive decline. Early screening and referral for diagnosis and intervention may help some clients to live more safely and productively for longer periods of time. The goal of this article is to educate OT practitioners about the definition of dementia, recognize symptoms of differential diagnoses, and understand the types of dementias and the clinical significance of using the global scales for staging the severity of dementia. 


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.

Content Level: Introductory

Content Focus

Domain of OT: Client Factors
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation

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Course Originally Released on: 4/13/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/13/2011
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/13/2014

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Laurie S - Albuquerque, NM  ·  Sep 06, 2014
I finally understand the differences of dementia. It was nice to see the differential diagnoses organized the way that it was outlines in the course
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Terrie L - Prairieville, LA  ·  Aug 29, 2014
Very good article with up to date information.
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Karla F - CARROLLTON, TX  ·  Aug 24, 2014
This course will be very useful in my OT practice as various forms of Dementia is rising every day.
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Rebekah F - Fort Smith, AR  ·  Jul 22, 2014
I have been a therapist for many years and have used multiple tests for dementia and patients with cognitive disability. The DGS was not known to me, and now I will find and use this because of it's sensitivity. Great info!!
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Hilary K - Austin, TX  ·  Jul 01, 2014
distinguish common beliefs and misconceptions on these unfortunate diseases
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Price: $19.00
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