WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ASSESSMENT?

The assessment of a person with younger onset dementia at NPU MYOD involves a number of health professionals, including neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology. An inpatient assessment will also include occupational therapy and social work as well as neurology, nursing and imaging. The medical assessment may include taking a detailed history of symptoms, past medical and family history. Information from all other health practitioners involved is usually gathered at this stage.

A number of investigations may be ordered. These may include :

  • Computerised Tomography (CT ) scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan
  • Postitron Emission Tomography (PET ) scan
  • Single Photon Emission Computerised Tomography(SPECT )scan.

A neuropsychologist assessment involves detailed testing of various thinking and memory functions and compares results with what would be normally expected in person of the subject’s age. An important aim is also to identify the person’s strengths and focus how these strengths can be used to compensate and cope with other deficits.

Assessment by an occupational therapist will enable some measure of the person’s ability to function in their own environment.

Psychosocial assessment by the social worker may assist in determining which supports are available, referral and advocacy. Focus on important family and financial issues may also fall within this assessment.