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Cognitive Impairments: Memory, Screening, and Intervention

presented by Karen L. McCulloch

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Financial: Karen McCulloch receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial:  Karen McCulloch has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the different ways that memory may be described and highlight common memory impairments that occur as a result of neurologic disease or injury. Particular emphasis will be placed on the procedural/non-procedural memory distinction as it relates to improving motor function in patients seen in rehabilitation.

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Karen L. McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, NCS

Karen L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS, is a Professor in Physical Therapy in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she has taught entry-level and advanced-level students in neurorehabilitation since 1993. She has served in multiple roles within the…

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1. Memory Definition and Types

This chapter answers the question, "What is memory?" The taxonomy of memory (Squire) is covered. The instructor discusses ways to describe memory, including: time-based (working, short-term, long-term; retro and anterograde amnesia), content based (episodic, visuospatial, phonological), and systems (declarative/non-declarative).

2. Screening for Memory Impairments

This chapter covers simple screening tools that identify memory impairments. Relative lack of clear procedural memory tests is discussed, as well as collaboration with OT, neuropsychology/psych, or speech-pathologist to understand memory strengths/deficits.

3. Intervention in the Presence of Memory Impairment

This chapter covers structuring therapy – when memory is expected to improve and when memory is not expected to improve or may worsen. A case example is discussed that describes the training approach to capitalize on procedural memory as a relative strength.

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