Diagnosing and Documenting Dementia
Dementia is a disorder that is characterized by a decline in cognition involving one or more cognitive domains such as learning and memory, language, executive function, complex attention, perceptual-motor and social cognition. Causes of dementia can be reversible, or they can be irreversible and progressive. There are many factors that can cause symptoms of dementia. Potentially reversible dementia symptoms include those caused by depression, stroke, traumatic brain injury and certain medications. Irreversible and progressive dementias include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia. This activity will define neurocognitive disorders and outline the clinical practice guideline recommendations for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Risk factors, screening tools and the diagnosis and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will also be discussed.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health care professionals (HCPs) who serve the older adult population.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- Define neurocognitive disorders (NCDs).
- Describe the prevalence, clinical features, risk factors, screening tools and diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Differentiate between dementia and depression or depression coexisting with dementia.
- Discuss the Alzheimer’s Association clinical practice guideline recommendations for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Describe the reasons why dementia is underdiagnosed and undertreated.
- Identify the benefits, risks and side effects of medications used to treat dementia.
Seth M. Keller, MD
Co-Chair, National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices
President Emeritus, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
Neurologist, Advocare Neurology of South Jersey
About the presenter
Seth M. Keller, MD, is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in the evaluation and care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) with neurologic complications. He cares for individuals with I/DD both in the community as well as in New Jersey’s intermediate-care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF/DD). Dr. Keller is on the Executive Board of the Arc of Burlington County as well as on the board for the Arc of New Jersey Mainstreaming Medical Care Board. Dr. Keller is actively involved in national and international I/DD health education as a speaker and as a webcast and workshop participant.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly 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 health care team.
Credit Designation Statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-0000-19-204-H01-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring 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.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed a post-activity assessment and an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
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 preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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