Common cognitive issues in home-based medical care

M. Victoria M. Kopke, Cameron R. Hernandez, Silvia Chavez

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Dementia is commonly seen in the elderly population, as it affects up to 40 % of people over 85 years old. The progressive decline in cognitive and physical abilities, often accompanied by behavioral changes, can be devastating. Delirium is a condition affecting cognitive function also encountered with greater frequency among the elderly, but is usually reversible with proper treatment. This chapter aims to assist medical professionals working in the home-based setting in diagnosing both conditions and treating them with both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic means, while remembering that it is not only the patient but also the caregivers and family who require attention and interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeriatric Home-Based Medical Care
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319233659
ISBN (Print)9783319233642
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cognition
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Vascular


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