Neuropsychological assessment of dementia

Greg Savage*

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Dementia is a fundamentally neuropsychological concept, describing the unravelling of the mind due to a brain disorder: neuro plus psychological. e disabling cognitive and behavioural impacts of dementia are typically preceded by gradually emerging signs of cognitive change, providing the rst inkling that something is not quite right. A brief cognitive screening test by a geriatrician or neurologist may be enlightening, but if the signs are subtle a referral for comprehensive neuropsychological testing should be made. e emergence of clinical neuropsychology as a mainstream specialty discipline in hospital outpatient clinics (e.g. socalled ‘memory clinics’) has allowed for the quantitative evaluation of cognitive decline with the kind of metric resolution which healthcare professionals might reasonably expect of an empirical investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDementia
EditorsDavid Ames, John T. O'Brien, Alistair Burns
Place of PublicationBoca Raton, FL
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781498703116, 9781315381572, 9781498703123
ISBN (Print)9781498703109
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Previously published in Dementia (2010, 4th ed.), David Ames, John O'Brien and Alistair Burns (eds), p. 61-67, ISBN: 9780340987278

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    Savage, G. (2017). Neuropsychological assessment of dementia. In D. Ames, J. T. O'Brien, & A. Burns (Eds.), Dementia (5th ed., pp. 52-58). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.