Managing Psychoactive Medications for Dementia Residents

Des Moines, IA US
July 30, 2014

The purpose of this educational session is to educate the attendees on 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.

Target Audience

Wesley Life medical, nursing, and executive directors and DMU faculty, clinic staff, and students.


  • Share current trends of psychoactive medication use for memory support residents
  • Discuss tools available to manage behaviors
  • Share success stories from communities with low psychoactive medication usage
  • Facilitate discussion on setting targets for psychoactive medication use reduction


8:30 am Registration
9 am Memory Support Services Improvement Initiative
9:40 am Facts and Research on Dementia Care
10:20 amFuture of Dementia Care
11 amAdjourn


  • Robert Bender, MD, Geriatric Medicine and Memory Center, Broadlawns Family Health Center
  • Susan Johnson, Director of Process, Improvement, Wesley Life
  • Heidi Long, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Wesley Life
  • Yogesh Shah, MD, FAAFM, Associate Dean, Global Health, Des Moines University

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, the speakers indicated they have nothing to disclose. 

Commercial Support

Educational grants are not being accepted for this activity.

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) through joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Wesley Life.  DMU is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 2.0 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) and approves this live activity for 2.0 Category 2-A CME credit(s).
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 2.4 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 2.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 2.40 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/30/2014 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
07/30/2014 - 11:00am CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC #115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

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


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