Managing Psychoactive Medications in Dementia Patients



The cost for this online activity is $20. This presentation was recorded LIVE on July 30, 2014 and is approximately 60 minutes.

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Target Audience

Health professionals.


The purpose of this activity is to educate attendees on the use of psychoactive medications for nursing home and assisted living residents with dementia. By sharing the research on the effect of psychoactive medications on this population, we hope to clearly communicate the dangers associated with using certain types of psychoactive medications in dementia patients. We will offer non-pharmacological approaches and tools to manage the behaviors frequently experienced by people with dementia. By reducing psychoactive medications for our dementia residents, we expect to see increased alertness, reduced fall risk, and possibly delays in cognitive decline.


  1. Educate on use of psychoactive medications.
  2. Recognize non‐pharmacological approaches and tools to manage the behaviors frequently experienced by people with dementia.
  3. Share current trends of psychoactive medication use for memory support residents.
  4. Discuss tools available to manage behaviors.
  5. Share success stories from communities with low psychoactive medication usage.
  6. Facilitate discussion on setting targets for psychoactive medication use reduction.


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

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

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    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON
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    Continuing Education Credit

    • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this enduring materials activity for 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credit(s).
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    • Nurse: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This enduring materials activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other: This enduring materials activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

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

    Available Credit

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


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