How does the Alzheimer Functional Assessment Tool measure environmental awareness?

Updated: Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Norberto Alvarez, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Awareness of environment is noted by the following:

  1. Cognizant and responsive, in a relevant way, to familiar and unfamiliar people and other environmental stimuli

  2. Generally responsive to familiar and unfamiliar people and situations but seems self-absorbed and/or confused most of the time

  3. Cognizant and responsive in a relevant way to familiar people and situations but shows a delayed or inappropriate response to unfamiliar people and situations

  4. Cognizant and responsive to stimuli, but response is often inappropriate, even in familiar situations

  5. Mostly awake but seems self-involved, showing little or inconsistent response to the environment

  6. Sometimes awake but shows little interest in surroundings; sleeps at other times

  7. Sleeps most of the day; needs to be aroused repeatedly to maintain interaction

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