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General Assessment Series
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Issue 1: SPICES: An Overall Assessment Tool of Older Adults

Issue 2: Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

Issue 3: Mental Status Assessment of Older Adults: The Mini-Cog

Issue 4: The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)

(SPANISH) Issue 4: The Geriatric Depression Scale

Issue 5: Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk

Issue 6.1: The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)

Issue 6.2: The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Issue 7: Assessing Pain In Older Adults

Issue 8: Fall Risk Assessment

Issue 9: Assessing Nutrition in Older Adults

Issue 10: Sexuality Assessment for Older Adults

Issue 11.1: Urinary Incontinence Assessment in Older Adults: Part I - Transient Urinary Incontinence

Issue 11.2: Urinary Incontinence Assessment in Older Adults: Part II - Persistent Urinary Incontinence

Issue 12: Hearing Screening in Older Adults - A Brief Hearing Loss Screener

Issue 13: Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)

Issue 14: The Modified Caregiver Strain Index (CSI)

Issue 15: Elder Mistreatment Assessment

(SPANISH) Issue 15: Elder Mistreatment Assessment

Issue 16.1: Beers' Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in the Elderly: Part I - 2002 Criteria Independent of Diagnoses or Conditions

Issue 16.2: Beers' Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in the Elderly: Part II - 2002 Criteria Considering Diagnoses or Conditions

Issue 17: Alcohol Use Screening and Assessment

Issue 18: The Kayser-Jones Brief Oral Health Status Examination (BOHSE)

Issue 19: Horowitz's Impact of Event Scale: An Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress in Older Adults

Issue 20: Preventing Aspiration in Older Adults with Dysphagia

(SPANISH) Issue 20: Preventing Aspiration in Older Adults with Dysphagia

Issue 21: Immunizations for the Older Adult

Issue 22: Assessing Family Preferences for Participation in Care of Hospitalized Older Adults

Issue 23: The Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Scale

Issue 24: The Hospital Admission Risk Profile (HARP)

Issue 25: Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU)

Issue 26: The Transitional Care Model (TCM): Hospital Discharge Screening Criteria for High Risk Older Adults

Issue 27: General Screening Recommendations for Chronic Disease and Risk Factors in Older Adults

Issue 28: Preparedness for Caregiving Scale

Specialty Practice Series
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Highlighting assessment tools specific to specialty practice nurses in the care of older adults, this series is currently being actively developed in partnership with specialty nursing organizations and individuals with expertise in their specialized field of practice.

SP1: Assessment of Nociceptive versus Neuropathic Pain in Older Adults

SP2: Informal Caregivers of Older Adults at Home: Let's PREPARE!

SP3: Cardiac Risk Assessment of the Older Cardiovascular Patient: The Framingham Global Risk Assessment Tools

SP4: Vascular Risk Assessment of the Older Cardiovascular Patient: The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

Dementia Series
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Focused on tools and strategies in the assessment of older adults with dementia.

D1: Avoiding Restraints In Patients with Dementia

D2: Assessing Pain in Persons with Dementia

D3: Brief Evaluation of Executive Dysfunction: An Essential

D4: Therapeutic Activity Kits

D5: Recognition of Dementia in Hospitalized Older Adults

D6: Wandering in the Hospitalized Older Adult

D7: Communication Difficulties: Assessment and Interventions

D8: Assessing and Managing Delirium in Persons with Dementia

D9: Decision Making in Older Adults with Dementia

D10: Working with Families of Hospitalized Older Adults with Dementia

D11.1: Eating and Feeding Issues in Older Adults with Dementia: Part I: Assessment

D11.2: Eating and Feeding Issues in Older Adults with Dementia: Part II: Interventions

 
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