PCOA-PCP 5: Dementia in Primary Care

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Course Target Audience

  • Primary Care Practitioners- NPs

Course Description

Practitioners will be able to discuss the importance of screening for cognitive impairments at wellness visits with appropriate screening tools as well as the guidelines on referrals outside of primary care.

Overview

This course discusses the importance of screening for cognitive impairments at wellness visits with appropriate screening tools as well as the guidelines on referrals outside of primary care. This course also defines cognitive impairment in older adults using the DSM-5 criteria. Guidance on how to implement non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches in the management of older adults with mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are also listed.

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the importance of screening for cognitive impairments at wellness visits with appropriate screening tools as well as the guidelines on referrals outside of primary care.
  2. Define cognitive impairment in older adults using the DSM-5 criteria.
  3. Implement non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches in the management of older adults with mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.