Assessments & Other Resources
The 3 D's (Depression, Delirium, and Dementia)
Depression is a true and treatable medical condition that is not a normal part of aging. However, older adults are at an increased risk for experiencing depression. Visit the following links to learn more about depression, its signs and symptoms, and possible treatment options:
Mood Disorders Society of Canada - Depression in Elderly
CDC - Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older (American Resource)
Delirium is sudden severe confusion due to rapid changes in the brain function that occur with physical and/or mental illness. Delirium is not a mental illness; nor is it dementia. It is a medical emergency that is usually reversible if treated. Visit Vancouver Island Health Authority - Delirium Resources AND/OR This Is Not My Mom to learn more about delirium.
Dementia and Memory Testing
www.onmemory.ca was developed in consultation with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and contains many resources about Alzheimer’s disease, Signs & Symptoms, Tips for Visiting the Doctor, Caring for Someone and Caring for Caregivers. Among its resources is this memory test.
The Doctor’s Checklist
Alcohol Use Survey
Compassion Fatigue/ Caregiver Stress
- 10 signs of [caregiver] stress from onmemory.ca
- Self Care for Caregivers by the Public Health Agency of Canada
- Dementia Crossroads Virtual Lived Experience Café & Discussion Forums