The Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Dementia

December 9, 2014

Many older adults are diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, and one in three dies with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Estimates are that more than half of the older adult population demonstrates behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) such as agitation, verbal and physical aggression, sleep disturbance, and wandering.
Often, behavioral health issues are hard to identify and treat due to the complexity of other medical conditions. Healthcare providers (HCPs) play a critical role in the identification and treatment of behavioral health issues in older adults and need to be equipped with a better understanding of how to treat this psychiatric population. This activity will review the challenges confronting HCPs when caring for older people and will explore how to identify, manage, and treat dementia in this population.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  1. Recognize the symptoms of dementia in older people and the value of early identification and diagnosis of this disease
  2. Evaluate and gain an understanding of medication management in the treatment of dementia
  3. State nonpharmacologic interventions and recommended courses of action that HCPs and caregivers can use to improve outcomes in patients with dementia

Faculty Listing
Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH
Medical Director
UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program
Associate Professor
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Disclosures of Relevant Financial Relationships
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Faculty Disclosure
Zaldy S. Tan, MD, MPH has indicated that he has no relevant financial relationships.

Activity Planners
Sarah Chart-Hart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education

Arlene Rome, RN, BSN
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Activity Planner Disclosures
All of the planners reported that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

Reviewer Disclosures
To ensure fair balance and avoid bias, the content for this activity has been reviewed by an independent medical expert with no relevant financial relationships.

Method of Participation
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this activity.
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the activity, which includes the following:

  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation, and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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Accreditation Statement
OptumHealth Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements
OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Case Managers
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. The course is approved for 1.00 CE contact hours.

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2012–April 15, 2015. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive a maximum of 1.00 continuing education (clinical) clock hours for participating in this course.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization to which you wish you apply credit.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by Optum CarePlus.

Hardware/Software Requirements
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Target Audience

This live webcast was held on Tues., Dec. 9, 2014. These materials are designed ONLY for attendees of the live webcast.

Click here to download a copy of the slides.

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, and others who have an interest in the diagnosis and management of dementia.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
12/09/2014 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
12/09/2014 - 2:00pm EST
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
  • 1.00 ASWB - Social Workers
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