chapter  3
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The Assessment and Rehabilitation of Memory Impairments

I mpairments of memory are one of the most common-and one of the most frustrating-disabilities for anyone involved in the rehabilitation process, including patients, family members, and rehabilitation staff. Severe impairments in memory have an impact across the rehabilitation setting in a variety of domains. Decient memory can affect the safety of patients who are unable to

follow appropriate safety precautions due to an inability to remember what those precautions may be. Memory impairments can also limit the rate of physical rehabilitation of injuries, as patients may be unable to incorporate assistive technology to compensate for physical impairments due to an inability to remember proper techniques for the devices. Memory impairments can also have devastating emotional impacts on patients, as in the case of individuals who may become fearful due to an inability to recognize staff on a rehabilitation unit despite spending time with these staff members daily. In addition, memory impairments may prove extremely distressing for family members who may not be recognized by a patient with severe memory impairment or who are required to provide repeated reminders and cope with the consequences of forgetfulness.