Testing for individuals with
memory concerns or other
Cognitive testing can be done for individuals with memory concerns or other cognitive complaints. Non-memory triggers include personality change, depression, deterioration of chronic disease without explanation, and falls or balance issues
Occupational therapy addresses daily routines, medication adherence, self-management, and stress management strategies. With a core knowledge base in psychosocial issues, occupational therapists can also address behavioral health conditions and train caregivers to provide appropriate cues and support to patients with cognitive limitations to optimize performance and reduce agitation or confusion.
Cognitive tests conducted:
MoCA: the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a brief cognitive screening tool for minor cognitive impairment. It was designed as a rapid screening instrument for mild cognitive dysfunction. It assesses different cognitive domains: attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, visuoconstructional skills, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation.
ALCS: The Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS) is a test that evaluates an individual's to make decisions, function independently, safely perform basic skills, and learn new abilities.
SLUMS: The Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) is an 11-item questionnaire with scoring designed to identify individuals with mild or early dementia through measuring orientation, memory, attention, and executive functions.