What We Assess

Senior Assessments Provide Comprehensive Evaluation of Physical, Mental, and Social Aspects of Health

The Senior Assessment Program at the Center for Lifelong Health is a multidisciplinary evaluation of functional ability, physical health, cognition and mental health, as well as social and environmental circumstances.

Specifically, the senior assessment team may evaluate for:

Physical health and disease: The medical history, physical examination and diagnostic testing help to confirm and/or detect medical problems that can affect the patient’s health and function.

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): By determining the patient’s ability to carry out his/her ADLs such as bathe, dress, toilet, perform housework, handle finances, manage medications, prepare meals, drive, etc., the team can identify areas where additional functional assistance is needed.

Fall risk: A falls evaluation often finds a multifactorial etiology and the team may recommend modifications in medications, environment, assistive device use, footwear and/or referral to specialists such as neurology and physical therapy for further evaluation and treatment.

Memory impairment: Screening for memory loss may suggest an early diagnosis, which in turn will allow patients access to treatments that may slow down cognitive decline. Counseling may also be offered to help patients/caregivers manage related symptoms and make preparations for the future.

Depression/anxiety: Detection and treatment of mood disorders may lead to improved cognition, pain symptoms and function.

Polypharmacy: Asking patients to bring in all their medications (including nonprescription pills) allows the team to conduct a complete review of their medication regimen. Efforts are made to reduce unnecessary medications that can cause unwanted, adverse effects and interactions.

Nutrition/weight change: Screening for weight changes and nutritional concerns can lead to detection of underlying medical, dental, financial, cognitive, social and medication problems.

Urinary incontinence: Recognizing this condition can result in adjustment of medications, improved hygiene and skin care, increased function, and referral for further specialist evaluation.

Vision/hearing impairment: Addressing sensory deficits may enrich communication, interaction with others, and quality of life.

Living situation: Assessing optimal living arrangements and social support availability may lead to counseling about community resources that can enhance one’s ability to live safely in the community.

Advance care planning: Asking about advance directives and wishes about end-of-life care may help patients and families make better informed decisions when changes in health status and care needs occur.

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