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The Occupational Therapist's Role in Interdisciplinary Team Assessment of the Cognitively Impaired Elderly

Appropriately diagnosing and managing elderly patients who exhibit symptoms and signs of confusion is critical to their overall health and ability to function independently.

In the community, about 5 percent of those older than 65, and close to 20 percent of those older than 75, have some degree of clinically detectable impairment of cognitive function. As people live into the tenth decade of life, the chance that they will develop some form of dementia approaches one in three (Kane et al., 1989, Carnes, 1984).