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This webinar presents core competencies in delivering primary care to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or related dementias. The clinical presentation of AD and the rate of progression varies among affected individuals, but early-, middle-, and late-stage disease result in distinctive symptoms, and challenges for the affected individual, family/caregivers, and the clinical team. The overall goal of a patient-centered treatment plan is to enhance quality-of-life; maximize functional ability; and maintain or improve cognition, mood, and behavior. Attention to the living/support environment, financial and legal planning, and safety are critical. Careful use of cognitive enhancing medications and antidepressants can be helpful. Family/caregiver support is as important as the care provided to the affected individual. Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association are valuable resources for families and clinical providers.
- Identify common reactions to a diagnosis of dementia and relevant actions needed over the course of the illness.
- Be prepared to assess family needs and provide guidance around the varying roles families may perform as caregivers.
- Display knowledge of teamwork and strategies needed to help patients and families of different backgrounds access valuable home and community-based resources.
- Debra L. Cherry, PhD, Executive Vice President, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles
- Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University
- Robert Schreiber, MD, Medical Director of the Healthy Living Center of Excellence; Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School