The Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) exam is a screening tool that may identify signs of cognitive impairment. In some cases, these signs may indicate that an individual is living with dementia. This test includes 11 questions that evaluate memory, attention, visual-spatial function, and executive functioning.
In addition to helping service providers determine whether dementia onset may be imminent, the SLUMS Exam also helps providers rule out the diagnosis of dementia. This screening questionnaire consists of 11 brief questions scored on a 30 point scale. It takes approximately seven to 10 minutes to administer.
Another use of this screening tool is to identify the presence of cognitive deficits, and to identify changes in cognition over time. It is recommended to have a baseline assessment to compare later SLUMS assessments to detect any cognitive decline.
This training will be provided by Nirmala Dhar, Older Adult Health Services Coordinator with the Oregon Health Authority.
There will be time for Q&A and discussion.
Nirmala Dhar, MSW, LCSW
Older Adult Behavioral Health Services Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority
Nirmala Dhar is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri and Bombay University, India. She is mission driven and has a passion to work with the most vulnerable clients, often with cross sector complex care needs. Nirmala has worked for 36 years in all aspects and programs of behavioral health in the public sector in Missouri, New Jersey, and Oregon. She is a senior policy analyst and the Older Adult Behavioral Health Services Coordinator for Oregon Health Authority ‘s Health Systems Division. In this position she is the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative Project Director, the PASRR Level II Coordinator and subject matter expert. She is the Project ECHO Geriatric Behavioral Health Champion at OHA. Prior to this position she worked for Clackamas County Behavioral Health for 18 years. This included 10 years as the geriatric mental health specialist for the County.
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