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1/22/2021 – 7/1/2022

Course Overview:

One of the goals in evaluating a patient with dementia is to rule out reversible causes, for treatment of the underlying condition may result in a remarkable recovery for the patient. On the other hand, a patient with a treatable condition may derive some benefit from treatment but not be cured or have significant improvement. This course will review common “red flag” symptoms that may indicate non-neurological causes of cognitive decline, testing that may be helpful in distinguishing individuals with Alzheimer dementia from cognitive decline due to depression, and medications that have no effect on cognition.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the educational activity participant will be able to …

  • Assess common non-neurodegenerative conditions that contribute to cognitive symptoms in older adults
  • Review current recommendations for screening for non-neurodegenerative conditions
  • Identify commonly prescribed medications that may contribute to cognitive decline in older adults