Understanding Dementia: Characterization, Diagnosis, and Patient Care

As people live longer, the burden of dementia will increase for families, society, and the healthcare system. This session will enable you to help your patients by teaching you how to classify, diagnose, and treat all forms of dementia. The session will also discuss the latest advancements in Alzheimer disease diagnosis and therapeutics.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the relationship between symptoms and diagnosis of dementia
  • Illustrate the role of biomarkers in diagnosing the cause of dementia
  • Formulate basic non-pharmacologic treatment strategies for cognitive symptoms
  • Discuss basic pharmacological treatment of dementia

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 0.25 AANP Pharmacology Contact Hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Joshua G. Cahan, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology 
Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease
Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University


The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty, and all have been mitigated by Pri-Med Institute.

Joshua G. Cahan MD: No relevant financial relationships disclosed

Moderator, non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Accreditation Statement

Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Pri-Med Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Accreditation Statement

Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 040308. 

Designation Statement

This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour of continuing education, which includes 0.25 hours of pharmacology.

MOC Credit Information

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.00 Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

Once you have completed the activity, please click the "next" button to advance to the post-activity assessment. To complete this activity and claim credit, you must answer 2 out of the 3 questions correctly. If you are not successful after your first attempt, you will be given an opportunity to reflect upon the answer rationales and have the opportunity to review the educational content before proceeding. Once you have selected your answers, click the "submit" button to complete the evaluation questions and proceed to the claim credit screen. For PAs, the NCCPA accepts for Category 1 CME credit activities designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

State Licensure Requirements

This session is designed to satisfy CME/CE requirements related to Geriatrics and Dementia. Please check with your state licensing board for their specific requirements and print this page as documentation as might be needed. 

This session is designed to satisfy CME/CE requirements for the following states:
CA: Geriatrics (MD/DO)
CT: Dementia (NP)
IL: Dementia (MD/PA/NP)
MA: Dementia (MD/DO)

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AANP Contact Hours
  • 0.25 AANP Pharmacology Contact Hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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