The Adolescent Depression Scale, The Geriatric Pain Assessment Tool

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As the rising population of older adults continue to impact our society, it is imperative to address various aspects of care. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms of care need to be incorporated in assessing the older adult. As aging takes a toll, many older adults are subject to chronic illnesses that plague bodily functions. Utilization of assessment tools is helpful in depicting underlying hindrances. This paper will address the geriatric depression scale, the geriatric pain assessment tool, an assessment of the environment, advanced directives, and teaching topics, along with interventions for an older adult. Assessment Tools Assessment tools serve the purpose of evaluating risk factors that may be overlooked during a brief assessment. It is a method of attaining information as part of the overall assessment of a patient. These tools can be valuable for health care professionals to utilize for focused areas of concern. There are a countless number of assessment tools to aid health care professionals in addressing potential downfalls. Assessment tools help facilitate a health care professional to evaluate various aspects of a patient’s health. Geriatric Depression Scale The geriatric depression scale: short form is a yes or no questionnaire with a total of 15 questions (Tabloski, 2014). Each question has one bold answer, which is indicative of depression. A score of zero suggests that there are no signs of depression. Scoring higher than five

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