Primary Care Preconference:
A Global View of Dementia from the Primary Care Perspective
Saturday, July 12
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:
- Presentations from internationally-recognized faculty.
- Interactive case studies that allow attendees to make diagnostic and treatment decisions for the case-study patients in each of the national systems.
- A discussion of barriers to care existing in health care systems and how primary care clinicians might overcome them.
Soo Borson, M.D.
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 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).
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.
At the end of this educational activity, attendees should be able to:
- Explain the value of early identification of cognitive impairment.
- Review the role of the primary care practitioner in identifying and treating Alzheimer’s disease.
- Identify systematic changes that could be implemented to improve the identification and treatment of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Determine how to evaluate and treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias within the limits of various health care delivery environments.