Apathy is a common disorder, but can be easily overlooked. Treatment requires multidisciplinary approaches based on the understanding of apathy from the biomedical, psychological, and socio environmental aspects. This session reviews the definition of apathy, its effects, physiological implications, and approaches used to detect, treat, and manage elderly patients experiencing apathy in LTC facilities. The goal of this session is to increase the recognition of apathy and enhance the role and functions of the interdisciplinary team caring for patients dealing with apathy in LTC facilities.
Define, and discuss the diagnostic criteria and effects of Apathy on patients in LTC facilities.
Describe the physiological implications of Apathy: Differential Diagnosis, Frontotemporal Dementia and Apathy.
Discuss approaches and demonstrate the use of screening tools used to detect, treat and manage patients experiencing apathy in LTC facilities.
Demonstrate strategies to foster effective communication, role and functions of the interdisciplinary team, patients, families and caregivers.