Forgetfulness and older adults: concept analysis.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/190135
Title:
Forgetfulness and older adults: concept analysis.
Authors:
Ballard, Julianne
Affiliation:
Clinical Nurse Manager Health Service Executive, Northwest Dublin, Ireland. ballardj@tcd.ie
Citation:
Forgetfulness and older adults: concept analysis. 2010, 66 (6):1409-19 J Adv Nurs
Journal:
Journal of advanced nursing
Issue Date:
Jun-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/190135
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05279.x
PubMed ID:
20384638
Abstract:
This paper is a report of an analysis of the concept of forgetfulness as it applies to older adults.; Perceived increases in forgetfulness cause much distress for older adults due to the stigma associated with memory loss and dementia. The difference between forgetfulness in a healthy ageing state and memory loss associated with cognitive impairment requires clarification for nurses involved in screening and caring for older adults.; Literature for this concept analysis was obtained by searches of CINAHL, EMBASE and Internurse covering the years 1962-2009, as well as gerontology textbooks.; The evolutionary method of Rodgers was the framework for the concept analysis.; As we age there is a slight increase in occasions of forgetfulness (particularly remembering to do things in the near future) that can be offset by limiting distractions and enhancing focus. This is contrasted with forgetfulness patterns, also more likely as we age, that are indicative of disease processes. Older adults' awareness of their own forgetfulness has the potential to cause fear, embarrassment, anger and/or low self-esteem.; It is important to avoid labelling or dismissal of concerns related to forgetfulness in older adults. Further research, with an emphasis on the choice of assessment tool, is recommended to investigate the benefits of nurse-led population screening for memory deficits in older adults. Nurses require training in assessment of memory and access to adequate referral pathways if abnormal results are uncovered.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Adaptation, Psychological; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Aging; Humans; Memory; Memory Disorders; Physiological Phenomena
ISSN:
1365-2648

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBallard, Julianneen
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-21T15:59:17Zen
dc.date.available2011-11-21T15:59:17Zen
dc.date.issued2010-06en
dc.identifier.citationForgetfulness and older adults: concept analysis. 2010, 66 (6):1409-19 J Adv Nursen
dc.identifier.issn1365-2648en
dc.identifier.pmid20384638en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05279.xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/190135en
dc.description.abstractThis paper is a report of an analysis of the concept of forgetfulness as it applies to older adults.en
dc.description.abstractPerceived increases in forgetfulness cause much distress for older adults due to the stigma associated with memory loss and dementia. The difference between forgetfulness in a healthy ageing state and memory loss associated with cognitive impairment requires clarification for nurses involved in screening and caring for older adults.en
dc.description.abstractLiterature for this concept analysis was obtained by searches of CINAHL, EMBASE and Internurse covering the years 1962-2009, as well as gerontology textbooks.en
dc.description.abstractThe evolutionary method of Rodgers was the framework for the concept analysis.en
dc.description.abstractAs we age there is a slight increase in occasions of forgetfulness (particularly remembering to do things in the near future) that can be offset by limiting distractions and enhancing focus. This is contrasted with forgetfulness patterns, also more likely as we age, that are indicative of disease processes. Older adults' awareness of their own forgetfulness has the potential to cause fear, embarrassment, anger and/or low self-esteem.en
dc.description.abstractIt is important to avoid labelling or dismissal of concerns related to forgetfulness in older adults. Further research, with an emphasis on the choice of assessment tool, is recommended to investigate the benefits of nurse-led population screening for memory deficits in older adults. Nurses require training in assessment of memory and access to adequate referral pathways if abnormal results are uncovered.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAdaptation, Psychologicalen
dc.subject.meshAgeden
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and overen
dc.subject.meshAgingen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshMemoryen
dc.subject.meshMemory Disordersen
dc.subject.meshPhysiological Phenomenaen
dc.titleForgetfulness and older adults: concept analysis.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentClinical Nurse Manager Health Service Executive, Northwest Dublin, Ireland. ballardj@tcd.ieen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of advanced nursingen

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