Perspectives on Dementia from a Speech-Language Pathologist
An interdisciplinary focus
Keywords:Dementia assessment, adaptations, creative approaches, global viewpoint
Considerations of current and future aging demographics necessitate understanding of assessment approaches so that projected public health needs are met accordingly. Status of medical conditions, available technologies and supports are described to underscore the critical need for planning and for instituting provisions supporting assessment strategies to meet the broad needs of lower, middle, and fully developed countries. Assessment administration and considerations are presented. Greater emphasis on the details of assessing may lead toward creative expansion and a broadening of treatment options. This article describes current and future needs for assessment of dementia using a world view approach.