Altered Mental Status in the Elderly


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When a patient presents with altered mental status, it is usually indicative of _____.

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1. As a healthcare provider, you may choose _____ to learn more about why your patient is experiencing an altered mental status.

2. You are visiting your grandmother at her assisted living facility, and she does not appear to be herself. You are having a conversation about the news and she is surprised by the date, having difficulty paying attention to the television, and has been especially tired during your visit. It appears that she is experiencing altered mental status. When you call the nurse to speak to her about your concerns, you also make sure to mention _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using the worksheet and quiz, you can identify how much knowledge you possess about altered mental status in the elderly. Characteristics of altered mental status and why older people are susceptible to it are topics on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can quickly check your understanding of:

  • Information a nurse needs to know about an elderly person who might be experiencing altered mental status
  • A consequence of having altered mental status
  • How to learn more about patients experiencing altered mental status

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about common characteristics of patients experiencing altered mental status
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on altered mental status in the elderly
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why older adults are at risk for this condition and interpret it correctly

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