Neurocognitive Disorders: What’s New in 2015

Des Moines, IA US
April 25, 2015


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8 amRegistration
8:30 amBasic Neuropathology of Neurocognitive Disorders
9:15 amDiagnostic Methods for Determining the Extent of the Cognitive Decline
10:15 amLifestyle and Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline
11 amManaging Difficult Behaviors
11:30 am Adjourn

Target Audience

Medical, nursing, other clinicians, social workers, and health care professionals, DMU faculty, clinic staff, and students, direct caregivers, and general public.


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


  1. Share the new terminologies for different types of dementias.
  2. Discuss the new pathology of dementia.
  3. Discuss different diagnostic methods for determining the extent of the cognitive decline.
  4. Share recent research on cognitive reserve and the relationship between lifestyle and maintaining cognitive vitality.
  5. Share current trends of psychoactive medications used for behavior problems of dementia.
  6. Facilitate discussion on setting targets for psychoactive medication use reduction in patients with dementia.

Why You'll Want To Attend

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.


  • 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

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

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 the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and WesleyLife. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 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 is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 3.0 AOA Category 1-A credit(s).
  • Nursing: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 3.6 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.60 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/25/2015 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
04/25/2015 - 11:30am CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center Lecture Hall 2
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.60 IBON


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