Screening older adults for executive dysfunction

Gary J. Kennedy, Carole A. Smyth

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Studies suggest that executive cognitive dysfunction can more reliably predict loss of autonomy than memory impairment can. Executive cognitive function allows for abstract thought, the planning and taking of actions toward a goal, and adaptation to the unexpected. And because executive function and memory operate in distinct regions of the brain, executive dysfunction can occur even when memory isn't impaired. The detection of executive dysfunction is essential to helping a patient remain as safe and independent as possible. Watch a free video demonstrating best practices for evaluating executive dysfunction in older adults at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-71
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

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  • Nursing(all)


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