Recognizing Dementia

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Step Status
Starts On: 7/19/2023: 12:00 AM
Ends On: 7/19/2025: 12:00 AM
Session Type: Internet Activity Enduring Material
Credits: 1

Planning Committee:
Allyson Zazulia, MD, Course Chair

Professor of Neurology and Radiology
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education
Disclosures: None
Kyle Womack, MD, Course Co-Chair
Professor, Neurology Division of Adult Neurology
Disclosures: None
Abbey Arnold, MSN
Nurse Practitioner, Knight ADRC
Disclosures: None
Tanya Harte, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Disclosures: None
Madeline Marie Paczynski, PA, MCMSc
Neurology Physician Assistant, Washington University
Disclosures: None
Nicole Elmore, NP
Adult Care Nurse Practitioner
Disclosures: None

Objectives: The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge/competence, and upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize cognitive impairment in adults
  • Use effective communication strategies with cognitively impaired adults
  • Assess adults for cognitive impairment and diagnose dementia using guideline-based tools
  • Provide appropriate management and care planning for adults with dementia

Additional Information: Target Audience: This course is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists who specialize in neurology, internal medicine, family & general practice, and hospital medicine. The intended goal of this activity is increased knowledge, competence and performance and enhanced patient care.

Publication Date: July 19, 2023
Expiration Date: July 19, 2025
Accreditation Information: In support of improving patient care, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement: Credit Awarded for this Activity:

American Medical Association (AMA Credit)
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC Credit)
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 ANCC contact hour.

Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE)
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

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  • Coordinator

    Matthew King, MD, FACS, WashU
    Category: Medicine, Neurology


    AMA: 1.00
    ANCC: 1.00
    Attendance: 1.00
    IPCE: 1.00

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