Advance Care Planning in Early Stage Dementia

Valerie T. Cotter, Melissa Spriggs, Abdul Rab Razzak

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Dementia is a chronic illness that involves progressive loss of cognitive and functional abilities. In the early stages, persons with dementia actively face their cognitive decline, adjust to cognitive loss, and are able to take an active role in discussing values and preferences for future care. Preparing patients and families for what to expect in the course of dementia is vital in ascertaining an individual's wishes regarding supportive and life-sustaining interventions. Nurse practitioners in primary care have a responsibility to initiate advance care planning conversations with persons in the early stages of dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-147
Number of pages6
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • advance care planning
  • dementia
  • palliative care
  • primary health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Fundamentals and skills


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