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Mayo Clinic Talks Episode 199: Caring for the Dementia Patient

Mayo Clinic Talks

Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast

Episode 199: Caring for the Dementia Patient

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Recorded July, 2019

Ericka E. Tung, M.D.

The topic of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias was discussed along with the importance of providing care of the patient’s care-givers by Dr. Ericka Tung, a geriatrician in the Division of Community Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Specific topics discussed include: 
•    Common symptoms seen in early dementia. 
•    Mild cognitive impairment and its progression to dementia. 
•    Importance of stability of lifestyle in the life of patients with dementia. 
•    Discussing the diagnosis of dementia with the patient and family. 
•    Using a mental status exam in the evaluation of patients with suspected dementia. 
•    Establishing a diagnosis in patients with early dementia. 
•    The role of formal psychological testing in patients with suspected dementia. 
•    The needs of care-givers of dementia patients. 
•    Importance of respite care for the care-givers of dementia patients. 
•    Evaluating driving skills in patients with early dementia. 
•    Advanced care planning for dementia patients. 

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Target Audience

This course is intended for primary care providers: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the current treatment recommendations for patients with hyperlipidemia.
  • List the various categories of hypertension.
  • Describe the current pharmacologic treatment available for patients with osteoporosis.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance
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Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 Attendance


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