Geriatric News

Free Webcast: Cognitively Impaired Older Adults

Are you aware of the effect that dementia and delirium have on the course of illness and the cognitively impaired adult's ability to understand and carry out discharge instructions? Here are some of the risk factors associated with cognitive impairment:

  • Prolonged hospital stays
  • Increased complication rates
  • Delayed rehabilitation
  • Increased mortality
  • Increased readmission, and
  • Poor outcomes

Want to learn about tools to screen for cognitive impairment and about evidence-based strategies for early intervention and prevention of these problems in cognitively impaired older adults hospitalized for acute illness or surgery? Dr. Mary Naylor, and members of her research team from the University of Pennsylvania, explain how healthcare providers can better screen for cognitive impairment, manage the acute care environment, and ease transition to home or other care setting.

Follow this link to access the 60-minute webcast anytime beginning Tuesday, May 24th, 2005: (Previous broadcasts are archived and also available at the same link.)

This fourth in a series of 18 Webcasts is a collaborative effort between the American Journal of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and PRIMEDIA Healthcare, sponsored in part through a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies. The broadcast series is designed to provide information and skills to improve the care and well-being of older adults.

If you have any questions about the broadcast (or the associated print series), please contact Katherine Kany, Project Manager, at 703-729-6050 or

*(Note: This webcast will be archived, and will continue to be available through same link, after May 24th)

For more information about dementia and delirium, see the "geriatric topics" drop down menu on this website and choose a topic.