Basic Neuropathology of Neurocognitive Disorders
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The purpose of this CME activity is to educate learners on the different aspects of neurocognitive disorders and different diagnostic methods and treatment options. Based on recent research, the speakers will also share their extensive experience on the importance of lifestyle and maintaining cognitive vitality.
In the 2012 article, “Practical Guidelines for the Recognition and Diagnosis of Dementia,” the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine reported that “despite the benefits of early intervention, dementia remains underdiagnosed; an estimated 50% of primary care patients aged older than 65 years have not been diagnosed by their PCPs. A primary reason cited for the delay in AD diagnosis has been the difficulty in identifying early signs of AD by both PCPs and the general public.” For the target audience, expanded knowledge of the different dementias, diagnostic methods and treatment approaches could help improve clinical care.
In addition, national quality measures for nursing homes indicate that on average, 20% of residents are taking a psychoactive medication. However, research has shown that psychoactive medications frequently do not improve the quality of life for the patient with dementia and in some instances may have detrimental effects on the patient’s physical health and cognitive ability. Holistic approaches that address the mind, body, and spirit of the person focus on the person’s well-being, rather than only the management of the disease.
- Review the basic neuropathology of neurocognitive disorders.
- Perform diagnostic methods for determining the extent of the cognitive decline.
- Managing difficult behaviors.
- List lifestyle and risk factors for cognitive decline.
- Robert Bender, MD
Family Health Center, Geriatric Medicine and Memory Center, Broadlawns Medical Center
- Yogesh Shah, MD, MPH, FAAFM
Associate Dean, Global Health and Clinician, Family Medicine Clinic, Des Moines University
Relevant to the content of this CME activity, the speakers indicated they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to disclose.
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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 enduring materials activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.
- 0.50 AOA Category 1B
- 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
- 0.75 CE Contact Hours