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Primary Care Preconference:
A Global View of Dementia from the Primary Care Perspective

Saturday, July 12

Overview

In response to the rapidly increasing numbers of people with Alzheimer’s disease, many countries have implemented a national strategy to address the dementia health crisis. Many others are in the process. “A Global View of Dementia from the Primary Care Perspective” is designed for practicing primary care practitioners. International speakers will use a case-based approach to compare the diagnosis and treatment of dementia in several countries with national plans and health systems in place. Program features include:

Co-Chairs

Soo Borson, M.D.

Soo Borson, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of Washington School of Medicine
Former Director, Memory Disorders Clinic, University of Washington

Soo Borson is the creator of the Mini-Cog™, a brief cognitive screening instrument that was developed for use in primary care. A widely published author, Dr. Borson is interested in how screening for cognitive impairment in primary care settings can lead to better referral and medical management of persons at risk for developing dementia.

Gunhild Waldemar, M.D., DMSc

Gunhild Waldemar, M.D., DMSc
Professor of Clinical Neurology, University of Copenhage
Director, The Danish Dementia Research Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital

Gunhild Waldemar is a professor of clinical neurology at University of Copenhagen and the director of the Danish Dementia Research Centre in Copenhagen. She is interested in improving the quality of health care for people with dementia and has taken the lead in several large intervention studies, including the Danish Alzheimer Intervention Study (DAISY) and a multi-center randomized controlled trial on physical exercise (ADEX).

Target audience

This activity is intended for any clinician who cares for individuals with cognitive impairment in a primary care setting, including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Learning objectives

At the end of this educational activity, attendees should be able to:

  1. Explain the value of early identification of cognitive impairment.
  2. Review the role of the primary care practitioner in identifying and treating Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Identify systematic changes that could be implemented to improve the identification and treatment of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  4. Determine how to evaluate and treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias within the limits of various health care delivery environments.



Where the world reveals the latest dementia research • Copenhagen, Denmark • July 12-17, 2014