Maximizing Independence For
Those With Cognitive Impairment
Aging Adult Services at Stanford
Rita Ghatak, PhD
A Continuum Of Care Model
2003 UN ASSEMBLY ON AGING
Promise of Longevity, Active Years,
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.
Protecting our brain: lifelong learning, mental/physical
exercise , engagement, commitment to leisure, stress reduction,
nutrition, cardiac-cognitive health linked, neurobics!
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
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