What You’ll Learn

Learn about common health complications for people living with advanced dementia and how to support patients and caregivers.

Learning outcomes for this course include:

  1. Discuss three common health complications for people living with advanced dementia: swallowing problems, infections, and pain.
  2. Explain the management of swallowing problems, infections, and pain.
  3. Discuss appropriate hospice referral timing and criteria for people living with end-stage dementia.

What You’ll Earn

Only CAPC members who are logged in can earn the following free Continuing Education Credits:

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Case Management: 1.00 CE
  • Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 0.90 Pharmacotherapy
  • Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)

Social work credits are approved by the New York State Education Department. Social workers licensed outside of New York should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

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Tools & Resources

Course 8 Key Takeaways: Managing Complications in Advanced Dementia

Key Takeaways for Course 8 of the Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support Unit.

Considerations for Eating Problems in Advanced Dementia

Tips for careful hand-feeding, swallowing safety, and increasing the appeal of food. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2024.

Communication Tips for Discussing Feeding Tubes in Dementia

Four communication tips for clinicians when discussing use of feeding tubes for people with advanced dementia. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2024.

Principles of Pharmacologic Pain Management in People Living with Dementia

Considerations for analgesics prescribing in people living with dementia.

Medicare Hospice Benefit Guidelines for Dementia

Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) and medical conditions can help in determining eligibility for hospice care in people living with advanced dementia.

Assessing Needs of People Living with Dementia

Recommended validated assessment tools for common comorbid conditions.

Course References: Managing Complications in Advanced Dementia

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2024.

Medicare's Hospice Benefit for Beneficiaries with Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Association FAQs about the hospice eligibility for people living with dementia.

FAST Scale

For staging and prognosis after a dementia diagnosis.

The Impact of Music and Memory on Resident Level Outcomes in California Nursing Homes

A journal article about a study of the effects of a nonpharmacologic intervention, Music and Memory (M&M), on residents with dementia and/or behavioral problems living in nursing homes.

Implementing Best Practices in Dementia Care

Training clinicians to support people with dementia and their caregivers, and guidance for quality improvement initiatives.

Dave Carper, MDiv, BCC. Counseling Resource Officer, Bluegrass Care Navigators

Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care

Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN. Dementia Program Director, Hospice of the Valley

Macie P. Smith, Ed.D, LBSW, SW-G. Diversified Training Consultants Group

Eric Widera, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Margaret Colbert, LMSW, Inpatient Social Worker, Mount Sinai West

Kesha Graham, LISW-CP, ACM-SW. Palliative Care Clinical Social Worker, Medical University of South Carolina

Sherika Newman, DO. Founding CEO, Doctor in the Family, LLC*

Caroline Taverna, LMSW, Palliative Care Social Work Fellow, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer

Contact information: For answers to frequently asked questions about CAPC courses, read the Online Course FAQ. For technical questions about course activity, email [email protected]. For questions about continuing education credits, contact 201-957-0077.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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Course 1 of 8

Gain an overview of the experience of living with dementia and learn how to relieve distress for patients with dementia, and their caregivers.

Discussing a Diagnosis of Dementia With Your Patient

Course 2 of 8

Learn how to discuss a dementia diagnosis with patients and caregivers in a way that is sensitive, clear, and supportive.

Communicating What to Expect Throughout the Trajectory of Dementia

Course 3 of 8

Learn techniques for supportive communication with people living with dementia, and their caregivers, to help them prepare for the challenges they may face as dementia progresses.

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