Gerontological Society of America Develops Toolkit to Help Primary-Care Doctors Detect Dementia

Gerontological Society of America Develops Toolkit to Help Primary-Care Doctors Detect Dementia
The Gerontological Society of America has developed a free online toolkit to help primary-care doctors detect and diagnose cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia. The toolkit is based on a four-step process for detecting cognitive impairment and diagnosing dementia earlier. The society named the model KAER, for Kickstart the cognition conversation, Assess for cognitive impairment, Evaluate for dementia, and Refer for community resources. The organization's Workgroup on Cognitive Impairment Detection and Earlier Diagnosis came up with the model in 2015. Step one, Kickstart, involves primary-care physicians starting a conversation with patients and their families about memory loss and other signs that patients may be developing dementia. In the second step, Assess, doctors use cognitive impairment detection tools to assess whether a patient has dementia. The Gerontological Society says a tool should have four characteristics: It should be able to be administered in less than five minutes; it should assess memory and at least one other cognitive domain; medical staff should be able to administer it easily; and it should be free from cultural and language bias. Step three, Evaluate, involves doctors thoroughly evaluating patients who show signs of cognitive impairment, and doing a f
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