•SIGNS AND COMMON CAUSES OF COGNITIVE DISORDERS IN OLDER ADULTS
• OF COGNITIVE DISORDERS
•OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERVENTION
Cognition refers to information-processing functions, including attention, memory, and executive functions(i.e. Planning, problem solving, self-monitoring, self-awareness).
However, cognitive decline may begin in older adults after mild life, but most often occur at higher ages (70 or higher) Aartsen, et al 2002, Albert and Heaton, 1988.
Functional cognition is the interaction of cognitive skills and self-care and community living skills. It refers to the thinking and processing skills needed to accomplish complex everyday activities such as household an financial management, volunteer activities, driving and work.
Occupational therapy practitioners focus their interventions on the relationship between the client cognitive skills, functional performance, and environmental context to enhance the daily life experience of individuals with cognitive impairments.