The Reynolds Institute on Aging 2016 Dementia Update is an opportunity to provide high quality, continuing medical education to an interprofessional audience regarding screening for, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies of, and caring for patients with dementia. Creating highly educated, dementia-competent healthcare providers is a crucial step in battling this pervasive disease.

red-dotThe target audience includes physicians, nurses, nursing home administrators, community members, and all other individuals who benefit from receiving an update on caring for patients with dementia.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss diagnostic modalities for stratifying various dementias for primary care providers.
  • Review the most common clinical presentations of dementia seen by primary care providers.
  • Compare and contrast current pharmacological strategies for managing patients with dementia.
  • Discuss non-pharmacological strategies appropriate for management of behavioral health problems.

In 2013, the 6th leading cause of death in America was Alzheimer’s disease. This is a 113% increase since 2000. The Alzheimer’s Association states, “Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $236 billion in 2016, increasing to $1.1 trillion by mid-century.” In Arkansas alone, over 76,000 residents currently suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. That number is expected to increase to 100,000 by 2020 and by as much as 75% within the next 20 years. The sheer number of physical ailments these diseases produce, and the need for treatment management procedures, is an area which desperately needs to be addressed in the state of Arkansas given that the state ranks 10th in the nation for residents 65 or older.