Recognition of dementia in hospitalized older adults

Am J Nurs. 2008 Jan;108(1):40-9; quiz, 50. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000304475.80530.a6.


Many hospital patients with dementia have no documented dementia diagnosis. In some cases, this is because they have never been diagnosed. Recognition of Dementia in Hospitalized Older Adults proposes several approaches that hospital nurses can use to increase recognition of dementia. This article describes the Try This approaches, how to implement them, and how to incorporate them into a hospital's current admission procedures. For a free online video demonstrating the use of these approaches, go to

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Dementia / nursing
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking / methods*
  • Nursing Assessment*
  • Patient Admission*
  • Professional-Family Relations