Here's an overview of the tests and team members that comprise the cognitive assessment:
– A geriatrician and neuropsychologist – an expert in the relationship between the brain and behavior – collaborate on this test.
– A primary care physician examines the patient for health issues unrelated to dementia that can affect memory.
Medication evaluation – A clinical pharmacist conducts a medication review of the patient’s prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and more to assess risks, benefits, side effects and interactions.
Social impacts – A social worker talks to the patient and caregiver about their current living situation: work status, means of transportation, financial management and more.
Functional assessment – A physical therapist assesses balance issues and challenges walking, both of which are a safety risk and an indicator of certain neurocognitive conditions.
Nutritional assessment – A review of the patient's diet and a discussion of the ways in which diet can support their brain health.
Sensory evaluation – Vision, hearing and olfactory (smell) screenings provide sensory information, which impacts brain health.