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What are the 5 cognitive domains that the MMSE tests and what is done for each of them?
orientation (date, day, month, place)
memory encoding (learn and recall 3 things)
attention and calculation (count back 7s, WORLD backwards)
language (naming, sentence repetition, comprehension)
visuo-construction (copy the overlapping figures)
Performance out of 30:
mild = 21-26
mild to mod = 15-20
mod = 10-14
To overcome limitations of MMSE perform:
- clock drawing
- verbal fluency
In a comparison of a normal aged brain and an Alzheimers patients brain what are the three signs of alzheimers (on a slice)?
-extreme shrinkage of cerebral cortex
-extreme shrinkage of hippocampus
-sevely enlarged ventricles
What are the symptoms of alzheimers?
: most common form of dementia. degenerative disease.
early stage - inability to acquire new memories.
as progresses - confusion, irritability and aggression, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term membory loss, general withdrawal
gradually - bodily functions are lost, leading to death.
What is the cause and progression of Alzheimers?
- not well understood
- research indicates assoc w plaques and tangles in the brain