This handbook has been developed primarily for clinicians and physicians who contribute actively to the education of families, care providers, and other physicians. The entire handbook is available for download, or individual chapters. En Francais. 162 pages.
The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is a tool that can be used to systematically and thoroughly assess mental status. It is an 11-question measure that tests five areas of cognitive function: Orientation, registration, attention and calculation, recall, and language. Permission to use this tool and training is required.
The Brief Kingston Standardized Cognitive Assessment-Revised is an instrument that has been designed to quickly screen individuals suspected of having brain damage; especially progressive dementias in the elderly. It is a test that can assess a number of cognitive capabilities but concentrates on those commonly associated with dementia, especially in the early stages. 40 Pages.
Since progressive dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease are characterized by behavioural as well as cognitive disturbances, the Kingston Standardized Behavioural Assessment (KSBA) (both community and long-term care forms) was designed to complement cognitive assessment tools such as the Kingston Standardized Cognitive Assessment - Revised (KSCAr) or the Brief Kingston Standardized Cognitive Assessment - Revised (BKSCAr) by providing a measure of the behavioural impairment which currently affects an individual with dementia. 4 Pages.
These handouts review associated behaviours and effective care strategies when an individual with dementia is experiencing any of the 7As: Agnosia, Altered Perception, Amnesia, Anosognosia, Apathy, Aphasia and Apraxia. 1 page each.