Mood and Sleep Disturbances in People Living with Dementia

Last Reviewed: March 4, 2019

What You’ll Learn

  1. Understand the prevalence of and management strategies for common mood and sleep disorders seen in people living with dementia.
  2. Understand how to assess for depression and apathy syndrome in people with dementia and describe non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies for treating these mood disorders.
  3. Identify factors that contribute to sleep disturbances for people living with dementia and describe non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment strategies.

This course was created with generous support from the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute.

What You’ll Earn

CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:

Case Management: 1.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 1.00 CME, 1.00 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)

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Common Pharmacologic Therapies Used to Treat Depression in People Living with Dementia

Last Updated: February 26, 2019

Dosing, pricing, and notes on common pharmacologic therapies for depression in individuals living with dementia. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

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Common Pharmacologic Therapies Used to Treat Sleep Disturbances in People Living with Dementia

Last Updated: February 26, 2019

Dosing, pricing, and cautions for using pharmacologic therapies to treat sleep disturbances in individuals living with dementia. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

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Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Sleep Disturbances in People Living with Dementia

Last Updated: February 26, 2019

Tips for nonpharmacologic management of sleep disturbances in people living with dementia. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

Assessing Needs of People Living with Dementia

Last Updated: March 29, 2019

Recommended validated assessment tools for common comorbid conditions.

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Course References: Mood and Sleep Disturbances in People Living with Dementia

Last Updated: February 26, 2019

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

Cindy Barton, MSN, GNP, BC. Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA. Consultant Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Stefanie Bonigut, LCSW. Family Services Manager. Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.

Jim Palmer, MSW, LCSW. Palliative Care Social Worker. Mount Sinai Hospital.

Marta Kazandijan, MA, CCC-SLP, BSC-S. Director, Division Speech Pathology and Swallowing. New York Presbyterian Queens and Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Gina Decker. Caregiver.

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

Melissa Bakar, MD. Integrated Fellow in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Mount Sinai Hospital.

Karl B. Bezak, MD. Board Certified Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow

Nora Brennan, RN. Cardiology. University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.

Gail Gongaware, RN, BSN, CCM, MS. Education manager, Education and Training, VNSNY.

Kristin Chouinard, RN, CHPN. Gerontology. North Shore Elder Services, Partners Healthcare.

Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Contact information: For technical questions about online activity or continuing education credits, contact membership@capc.org or 212-201-2674.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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