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

Saturday, July 12, 2014
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bella Center
Center Boulevard 5
Copenhagen, Denmark

Overview Learning objectives
Co-Chairs Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Program Continuing Education (CE)
Target audience  



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:


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., D.MSc
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).


8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Overview
Chairs: Soo Borson (U.S.A.) and Gunhild Waldemar (Denmark)


8:40 a.m.

Dementia Capable Health Care Systems: An Invitation
Soo Borson (U.S.A.)

9:10 a.m.

Patient Pathways – Setting the Goals of Care – From a Primary Care View
Frans Waldorff (Denmark)

9:30 a.m.

Are There Ways to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Dementia? – The Role of Primary Care
Miia Kivipelto (Sweden)

10 a.m.


10:20 a.m.

Without a Cure, How Important is Early Diagnosis and Care?
Gunhild Waldemar (Denmark)

10:50 a.m.

Diagnostic Criteria for Alzheimer's Disease – New Developments and Application in Primary Care
Ronald Petersen (U.S.A)

11:20 a.m.

New Technological Tools for Diagnostic Decision-Making in Patients With Cognitive Symptoms
Hilkka Soininen (Finland)

11:40 a.m.

Panel Q&A
Moderator: Soo Borson

12:10 a.m.


1:10 p.m.

Clinical Course of Alzheimer's Disease
Rachelle S. Doody (U.S.A.)

1:40 p.m.

Physical Exercise as a Disease-Modifying Treatment
Steen Hasselbalch (Denmark)

2:10 p.m.

Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Patients With Behavioral Symptoms
Henry Brodaty (Australia)

2:40 p.m.


3 p.m.

Role of Primary Care in Dementia Care Transitions: Guidance From National Dementia Strategies
Richard Fortinsky (U.S.A)

3:30 p.m.

The Role of Primary Care in the Management of Dementia – a Health Economic Perspective
Anders Wimo (Sweden)

3:50 p.m.

Looking Ahead: Will Research Bring New Options for Treatment and Care?
Bengt Winblad (Sweden)

4:20 p.m.

Panel Q&A
Moderator: Gunhild Waldemar

4:50 p.m.

Closing remarks
Chairs: Soo Borson (U.S.A.) and Gunhild Waldemar (Denmark)


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. Implement systematic changes to improve the identification and treatment of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  4. Evaluate and treat patients with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias within the limits of various health care delivery environments.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) – for physicians

Joint provider
This activity is jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and the Alzheimer's Association. Scientific sessions are not supported by any commercial entity.

Accreditation statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and the Alzheimer's Association. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of unlabeled use
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Continuing Education (CE) - psychologists, nurses and social workers

Accreditation statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Alliant International University and the Alzheimer's Association. Alliant is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alliant maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Alliant is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education for MFTs and LCSWs (provider # PCE234). Alliant is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education for Nurses (provider # CEP11235). Alliant is approved the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to provide continuing education for counselors (provider# 4469). The Alzheimer's Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Credit designation
There are up to 6.76 CE credit hours available.

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