Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia


The cost for this online activity is $15. The presentation was recorded live on April 25, 2015 and is approximately 45 minutes. 

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Target Audience

Healthcare providers. 


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.


  1. Identify major psychiatric/behavioral difficulty patients with dementia experience in the course of their illness. 
  2. Memorize the DEMENTIAS mnemonic.
  3. Use intervention techniques to manage agitation behaviors and symptoms.
  4. Define sundowning.
  5. Memorize the SIG E CAPS mnemonic.


  • Robert Bender, MD
    Family Health Center, Geriatric Medicine and Memory Center, Broadlawns Medical Center

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Bender indicated he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to disclose.

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    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 0.50 AOA Category 2­B
    • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
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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.
    • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this enduring materials activity for 0.50 AOA Category 2-B credit(s).
    • Nurse: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This enduring materials activity has been reviewed and approved for 0.75 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other: This enduring materials activity is designated for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


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

    Available Credit

    • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 0.50 AOA Category 2­B
    • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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