Alzheimer's and Dementia - A Caregiver and Clinician Perspective

Des Moines, IA US
March 1, 2018


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I knew it was coming, but when it finally happened I wasn't prepared. Gery looked directly at me and asked, "Where is Chris? Where is my wife?"

"She's running errands," I choked. "She'll be back soon."

The experts said this was the correct answer. They didn't say that hearing this questions from the man you love would feel like a knife in your heart. 

--  An excerpt from Stop and Smell the Garbage: A Caregiver's Story of Survival

Dose of DMU Story: “Stop and Smell the Garbage”: Alzheimer’s From a Caregiver and Clinician Perspective

Target Audience

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.

Educational Need

Alzheimer’s disease has a devastating impact not just on those with the disease. It’s also an extreme burden on their caregivers — a job that usually falls on family and friends.

  • More than 16 million family members and friends provided 18.6 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, at an economic value of $244 billion.
  • Of the unpaid Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, 86% have provided care for at least the past year, and half have been providing care for four or more years.
  • Nearly one-fourth of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers - caring for both someone with the disease and a child or grandchild.


  • Identify the challenges and stress associated with caregiving.
  • Recognize the need for a care plan and follow up, even for patients for whom there is no effective treatment.
  • Utilize local resources available to support caregivers.
  • Assess the functional and safety status of demented patients.
  • Consider treatment options for demented patients.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/01/2018 - 7:00am CST
Event ends: 
03/01/2018 - 8:00am CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Student Education Center Auditorium
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.

Selden Spencer, MD
Neurologist, McFarland Clinic, Ames, IA


Christine Sutton 

At age fifty-six, Gery Sutton, a family physician who specialized in geriatric medicine, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. For three years, his wife was his full-time caregiver. Because nothing in her background prepared her, she did what more caregivers do – she made it up as she went along. The book, Stop and Smell the Garbage: A Caregiver's Story of Survival, is her forthright account of the daily challenges, the failures, and the unexpected triumphs. She gives realistic advice on caring for someone with dementia. She describes signs of Alzheimer’s that she saw and misinterpreted during the months before her husband’s diagnosis. She shares the coping mechanisms that helped her survive the illness and death of her husband. 

Des Moines Register Article

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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