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Terms – Mod 7

Posted by Laura on October 5, 2010

From Townsend, glossary

Cognition

  • mental operations relating to logic, intellect, language, awareness, memory and reasoning powers.

Delirium

  • a state of mental confusion and excitement characterized by disorientation for time and place, often with hallucinations, incoherent speech, and a continual state of aimless physical activity.

Dementia

  • global impairment of cognitive functioning that is progressive and interferes with social and occupational abilities.

Confabulation

Catastrophic Reactions

  • Disorganized behavior due to a severe shock or threatening situation with which the person cannot cope.

Confusion

  • Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.

Gerontology

  • study of the aging process

Geriatrics

  • branch of clinical medicine specializing in problems of the elderly

Geropsychiatry

  • branch of clinical medicine specializing in the psychopathology of the elderly population. What is elderly? 65-74

Sundowning

  • a phenomenon in dementia in which symptoms seem to worsen in the late afternoon and evening.

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