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  • 1. Maximizing Independence For Those With Cognitive Impairment Aging Adult Services at Stanford Rita Ghatak, PhD A Continuum Of Care Model
  • 2. 2 2003 UN ASSEMBLY ON AGING Promise of Longevity, Active Years, Physical/Cognitive Vitality!
  • 3. 3 Cognitive Vitality: Does Memory Define Us? •The person, family, workplace and the continuum of care! •Short term/long term memory, functionality, productivity, capacity, behavioral issues, attention, organization, links between memories, visual cues. •Technology! Protecting our brain: lifelong learning, mental/physical exercise , engagement, commitment to leisure, stress reduction, nutrition, cardiac-cognitive health linked, neurobics!
  • 4. 4 Some Definitions  Dementia - wide range of symptoms, decline in memory/ cognitive skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Mild Cognitive Impairment -slight but noticeable changes - memory and thinking skills -risk of developing dementia. Not severe enough to interfere with daily life or independent function. Alzheimer's -type of dementia. Problems with memory, thinking, behavior, slowly develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.