Assessment of Cognitive Status in Geriatric Neurology

Papan Thaipisuttikul, James E. Galvin, Donald J. Connor, Marc A. Norman

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The elements of a comprehensive mental status examination include observational, cognitive, and neuropsychiatric assessments. Although each of these elements is presented separately in this chapter, they are inter-related and collectively characterize the neurobehavioral function of the patient. As the frequency of cognitive disorders increases dramatically with advancing age, examination of mental status is one of the most important components of the neurologic examination. The chapter shows examples of general cognitive tests such as mini-mental state examination (MMSE) test and mini cognitive assessment instrument (Mini-Cog), that are practical to use in geriatric patients in clinical setting. Whether the clinician designs his/her own unique assessments or utilizes one of the many standardized instruments available, failure to include a mental status examination in the assessment of older adults represents a missed opportunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeriatric Neurology
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781118730676
ISBN (Print)9781118730683
StatePublished - Mar 28 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive assessment
  • Geriatric neurology
  • Mental status
  • Neuropsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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