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DEMENTIA CARE SERIES Michigan Department of Community Health THOUGHTS SUGGESTIONS FOR CARING C S 21 Questions about a Person s Cognition An Assessment Checklist aring heet By Shelly E Weaverdyck PhD Introduction This caring sheet lists questions a caregiver can ask to discover what a person with cognitive impairment can and can t do with respect to cognition i e the ability to think and to understand and respond to the environment The questions are based on very specific changes to the brain They help explore why the person is distressed is having trouble performing a task or is engaging in a particular behavior The caregiver is expected to ask these questions to her himself or to other caregivers but NOT to the person with cognitive impairment The questions can be asked informally by family and other caregivers or more systematically with formal recording by professionals These questions are included in a more formal assessment instrument called the Cognitive Impairment Assessment Protocol or CIAP The questions are meant to be asked either as a general assessment or while the caregiver is helping a person with cognitive impairment perform a task The answers to these questions can help a caregiver modify the environment the task or communication strategies to accommodate the person s abilities and cognitive difficulties When they are asked during a task the caregiver can intervene immediately and respond to subtle changes that occur minute by minute in the person s cognitive abilities The questions here are organized under five major queries or steps which reflect the five cognitive phases every person healthy or not must go through in order to receive organize and respond to information from the environment These five phases of cognitive functioning were developed and introduced by this author in 1987 and published in the sources cited at the end of the list of questions DEMENTIA CARE SERIES Michigan Department of Community Health THOUGHTS SUGGESTIONS FOR CARING



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