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Ch 21: Cognitive Disorders in Older Adults

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Watch video lessons to learn more about the range of cognitive disorders that affect some aging adults. Then, take the follow-up quizzes to test your own understanding of Alzheimer's, dementia and other age-related cognitive disorders.

Cognitive Disorders in Older Adults - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Views have changed over time concerning the wide range of disorders related to the processing of thoughts that can affect older adults. This chapter's instructors introduce you to the various types of irreversible cognitive disorders that may befall the elderly. On the other hand, you can also learn about the reversible conditions and their causes. At the end of this chapter, you should understand the following topics:

  • Perspectives on various cognitive disorders affecting the elderly
  • Symptoms of dementia and care options
  • Comparison of Alzheimer's disease and dementia
  • Possible causes of cognitive disorders

Video Objectives
What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives Discuss the historical and current views on cognitive disorders.
What Is Delirium? - Definition, Causes & Treatment Explain what may cause delirium and the possible treatments.
Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care Explore the causes and treatments for dementia.
Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia Discuss the possible causes and treatment plans for amnesia.
Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging Compare and contrast dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Alcohol and Drug-Induced Cognitive Disorders: Types, Causes & Symptoms List and describe cognitive disorders that may be caused by alcohol or drugs.
Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders Discuss stress, depression and anxiety related to the elderly.
Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population: Examples, Lesson & Quiz Explain how many irreversible dementias might affect aging adults.
Reversible or Apparent Dementias: Examples & Causes Discuss how reversible or apparent dementias can occur.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: Cognitive Disorders in Older Adults
What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives

1. What Are Cognitive Disorders? - Definition and Perspectives

The human ability to think is what sets us apart from the other animals. But what happens when memories or the ability to learn disappears? In this lesson we'll look at three common types of cognitive disorders: dementia, delirium, and amnestic disorders.

What Is Delirium? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

2. What Is Delirium? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

What does it mean to be delirious? What might cause someone to be confused and disoriented, and what can be done to treat it? In this lesson, we'll look at the symptoms, causes, and treatment of delirium.

Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

3. Dementia: Definition, Symptoms & Care

Whether due to Alzheimer's disease or drug abuse, dementia affects many people. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the symptoms, causes and treatment for dementia.

Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia

4. Amnestic Disorder: Definition, Causes and Treatment for Amnesia

Our memories shape, and in many ways define who we are. But what happens when you lose your memories? In this lesson, we'll look at amnestic disorders, their causes and treatments.

Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

5. Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

In this lesson, you will learn what dementia is and is not through definitions and examples. You will also examine Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia and memory loss in the elderly.

Alcohol and Drug-Induced Cognitive Disorders: Types, Causes & Symptoms

6. Alcohol and Drug-Induced Cognitive Disorders: Types, Causes & Symptoms

Everyone knows the risks with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But did you also know that long-term alcohol and drug use can cause problems with the way your brain functions? In this lesson, we'll look closer at some common substance-induced cognitive disorders.

Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders

7. Problems Associated with Aging: Depression, Stress, Anxiety and Other Later-in-Life Disorders

With age comes wisdom, but it also comes with a bunch of problems. In this lesson, we'll look at some psychological problems that can plague older adults, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and psychosis.

Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population: Examples & Summary

8. Other Irreversible Dementias Affecting the Older Population: Examples & Summary

In this lesson, we will explore which dementias are permanent and why they are not curable by modern medicine. We will also look at possible treatments to help mitigate the effects of dementia.

Reversible or Apparent Dementias: Examples & Causes

9. Reversible or Apparent Dementias: Examples & Causes

In this lesson, we will explore the idea and possible causes of pseudodementias, which appear to be true dementias but are in fact treatable and often reversible.

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